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NCJ Number: 162306 Find in a Library
Title: One to One: The Story of Big Brothers/Big Sisters Movement in America
Author(s): G L Beiswinger
Corporate Author: Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America
United States of America
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 303
Sponsoring Agency: Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Publication Number: ISBN 0-9613820-0-7
Sale Source: Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America
230 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book chronicles the history of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters (BB/BS) Movement from its beginning in 1902 through 1984; this volunteer program fosters one-to-one friendships between mature, well-adjusted volunteer adults and lonely, insecure, sometimes erring children who lack direction and emotional support.
Abstract: The development and work of BB/BS are presented under six period: beginnings (1902-17); between the wars (1918-44); the first federation (1917-37); the new federation (1945-57); a federal charter and rapid growth (1958-1970); and a Big Sister Federation and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America (1971-84). The second section of the book focuses on modern leaders of the national movement (1945-84), today's agencies, selected cases of one-to-one friendships, and the current characteristics of BB/BS. The book notes that the BB/BS grew into a popular movement because of its simple yet effective approach in fostering positive youth development through a friendship with an adult carefully selected for characteristics as a role model and capacity for friendship. The author advises that BB/BS has never sought to duplicate nor usurp the role and work of trained social workers and counselors; volunteers apply the therapy of friendship, under the supervision of a trained social worker or caseworker. A historical chronology, a subject index, and appended lists of agencies in 1925, 1940, and 1984
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention programs
Index Term(s): Mentoring programs; Volunteer programs
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