Big Brothers Big Sisters Triples Space With New Facility!
Grand Opening of the Harvey E. Najim South Texas Mentoring Resource Center scheduled for October 2016
The building is located at 10843 Gulfdale near the airport. The lobby pictured above offers a glimpse of our spacious new facility.
The Need for a New Mentoring Resource Center
Our current facility was purchased in the early 1990’s following a capital campaign by the Board of Directors. The building was built in 1960 and is 5,569 square feet. In 2000, the agency had grown to employing 19 staff, serving 600 kids and raising $500,000 per year. The building was typically a hive of activity and on any given day, including the weekends, there was usually a parent orientation, a volunteer training or a match activity going on along with the normal day-to-day operations of enrolling and processing hundreds of applications from parents and volunteers for service.
As a result of a strategic planning process that identified paths to serving more youth, the agency began a rapid and aggressive growth period that saw it grow to serving over 3,000 youth in one to one matches with volunteers with revenues of just over $3 million by 2009. The average number of kids on the waiting list grew to over 1,000. The number of staff increased by 105% (19 to 39).
By 2012, the organization’s leadership came to the conclusion that the facility was not adequate to meet programming needs. Space to conduct orientations, trainings, interviews and match activities was virtually non-existent. A facilities committee determined the need for a feasibility study which led to the campaign launch in 2014.
The Plan for the New Mentoring Resource Center
Big Brothers Big Sisters launched a capital campaign to purchase a new, larger facility to meet the current and future programming needs of the organization and to provide space that accommodates volunteer orientation and training sessions, parent and youth orientation and training sessions as well as match activities and fundraisers. Big Brothers Big Sisters is seeking to purchase a facility that is accessible to both Bigs and Littles and gives us the space to expand our programs to be able to serve more children in the San Antonio area.
The center is planned to be a 15,000 square foot facility and would include:
Big Brothers Big Sisters is recognized as the premier youth development mentoring organization in the country and our staff routinely engage in training other organizations that provide mentoring. The Resource Center will act as the hub for youth development mentoring programming in the city by bringing together organizations that provide one-to-one mentoring in an effort to effectively collaborate and coordinate services, avoid duplication, share best practices and to provide training to staff and mentors from across the city to work more effectively with youth.
Here's a list of partner organizations Big Brothers Big Sisters will collaborate with in the new facility:
The South Texas Mentoring Center
Big Brothers Big Sisters is moving!
The organization’s rapid growth and the increasing demand for mentoring services necessitated a capital campaign which has resulted in the purchase of a new building.
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- Over 1,200 unmatched Kids need a Big!
- Over 400 volunteers waiting to be processed!
- A 15,000 sq. ft. facility will allow for growth.
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