Cumulus kicks off Community Partner program with Big Brothers Big Sisters

by jdelozier

At Cumulus Consulting,  we believe in the power of one person, mentorship and positive associations.

So, we have chosen to actively support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit in its important mission to provide children facing adversity with safe, strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Big Brothers Big Sisters targets the children in our communities who need mentorship most, including those living in single-parent homes, growing up in poverty, and coping with parental incarceration. BBBS’s vision is to see all children succeed in life and believes that mentoring provides a pathway to hope.


To kick off our Community Partner program, Cumulus and its employees were thrilled to host a Big For A Day event out at the garage and racetrack inside M1 Concourse. We believe strongly in giving back to our community and feel like the mission of Big Brothers and Big Sisters aligns perfectly with our corporate values. We have big plans in mind for the future of our program with BBBS and I believe that we can make a big impact in the lives of some of our community’s most vulnerable kids, said Jason Delozier, Managing Partner, Cumulus Consulting.

Big For A Day

Big for a Day is an activity that engages children who are currently enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit’s community based program, but are waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister. Big for a Day provides a fun opportunity for a child to engage in one-on-one interaction with an adult while they’re waiting to be matched. It’s also a fun way for volunteers to engage with children in the community and to get a feel for what it’s like to be a mentor!


BBBS of Metro Detroit is about Changing Perspectives
No one can underestimate the “power of one,” the effect which one person can have on the life of another. Did you know that Big Brothers Big Sisters improves the odds of children succeeding in school, behaving nonviolently, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and getting along better with their family and peers? That’s right! Adults who participated in our program as children report that having a Big Brother or Big Sister played an key role in who they are today by positively influencing their self confidence, providing stability, changing their perspective on life and pushing them to higher goals.


The Need 

There are few other major communities as reliant upon the next generation as metro Detroit.  As our community slowly rebuilds, it will be today’s youth that will be charged with completing the recovery and making our area vibrant again.  They can’t do that if they are locked behind bars, addicted to drugs, unemployed and/or academic under-achievers.  BBBSMD mentoring is proven to guide youth away from these outcomes by providing youth with strongly-supported, positive influences in their young lives. Did you know? The Justice Policy Institute approximated (2014) an average cost to incarcerate a juvenile in the U.S. in a detention facility to be $407.58 per DAY.  The average cost to sustain one BBBSMD youth/mentor match is $465 per YEAR.


History of BBBSMD
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit (BBBSMD) was formed in 1974 with the merger of five local Big Brother Big Sister organizations from throughout metro Detroit, with a focus on Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.  BBBSMD is the largest one-to-one evidence-based mentoring organization in Southeast Michigan serving nearly 1,000 youth annually with site- and community-based mentoring programs.  All of our programming is rooted in evidence-based practices, further differentiating BBBSMD from other mentoring programs. BBBSMD’s mentoring model is certified by multiple federal government departments as an “Effective” evidence-based model in realizing positive outcomes for youth.

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