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Milwaukee, WI, August 28, 2014 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee has received a $18,500 MetLife Foundation grant to expand its work with young people among Milwaukee’s Hispanic population.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee is one of 20 affiliates nationwide selected to receive MetLife Foundation funding to support Hispanic mentoring initiatives, including resources to assist Hispanic youth and their families in preparation for college. 

With this funding, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee expanded programming and provided new opportunities for Hispanic children in Milwaukee, including partnering with Milwaukee Public Schools to open a new mentoring site at Escuela Vieau Elementary.  Nearly 95% of Vieau students are Hispanic, with 41% learning English as a second language.

The MetLife Foundation was created in 1976 and is dedicated to advancing financial inclusion to low-income communities around the world.  They seek to partner with organizations that are committed to giving people control of their destinies and to creating the opportunities to pursue more from life.  “Mentoring programs between children and adult role models are a vital part of a young person’s development,” said Dennis White, President and CEO of MetLife Foundation.  “MetLife Foundation is proud of our partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters. The Hispanic Mentoring Program not only benefits children across the country, but helps engage parents and the community in their education and development.”  Today, nearly 20% of the children served by the national Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring network are Hispanic, an increase from 14% in 2008. For more information on the MetLife Foundation, visit www.metlife.com/metlife-foundation.

Locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee currently serves Hispanic matches in Community-based mentoring and School-based mentoring at 11 different schools throughout Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.  MetLife funding has allowed us to create events designed specifically to engage Hispanic families, provide targeted outreach and recruitment with Hispanic affinity groups and Hispanic professional networks, and form new partnerships with community-based agencies serving the Hispanic community in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.  

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