Big Brothers Big Sisters of Russia
An estimated 10% of emancipated young people (those leaving institutional residences at age 18) commit suicide within the first year of their independence. In that same year, rates of substance abuse for this demographic reach 30% and incarceration rates reach 40%. Big Brothers Big Sisters Russia (BBBSR) helps young people living in state care reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors.
EMpower’s sixth grant to BBBSR helps to expand the reach of its mentor relationships to address behavioral issues, improve communication skills and self-confidence, and strengthen personal development to help prepare young people in Moscow for independent lives post-institution. This grant also supports the creation of a tracking database that will help BBBSR staff better track, analyze, and reflect on the impact of their work.