Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada provides work experience to local children through partnership
A new collaboration with Zappos.com provides exposure to a fun, creative work environment
LAS VEGAS – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada (BBBSN) has collaborated with Zappos.com to re-launch Welcome to our Workplace (WOW), a mentoring program for at risk students from Hollingsworth Elementary School. Since Sept. 8 Zappos employees have welcomed and been matched with 25 – 30 students, ages 7 – 11, on site at their campus at 400 E. Stewart Avenue. After school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays the Zappos bus picks up and transports the students to Zappos for one hour of mentoring. Zappos provides a snack for the “Littles” while the Zappos “Bigs” spend 30 minutes helping “Littles” with their homework and school projects. The remaining time is spent on relationship building activities or just hanging out and talking.
“We started the WOW program with Zappos during the spring school semester and the Littles really enjoyed their experience,” said Molly Latham, CEO at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada. “This year we wanted to take it a step further. WOW truly enhances our traditional mentoring programs and offers children exposure to not only a positive workplace, but an award-winning company culture that celebrates being intelligent, unique, fun and creative.”
WOW is the first community collaboration of its kind in Las Vegas that ties in schools and businesses to increase academic excellence. The program, completely funded by Zappos, will run throughout the 2014 -2015 academic year and will be managed by a BBBSN Match Support Specialist.
Mentoring programs provided by BBBSN are continually evaluated and participant outcomes are consistently measured. After one year in a BBBSN supported match relationship, site-based mentees reported score improvements in social acceptance, scholastic competency, and educational expectations.
“The Zappos family is excited to mentor and provide a tool for children to forge positive pathways and exceptional futures, regardless of circumstance,” said Steven Bautista engagement engineer at Zappos.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada serves an ethnically diverse population which includes 30% African American, 2% Asian American, 26% Caucasian, 1% Native American, 30% Latino/Hispanic, and 11% multicultural. Over 90% come from low-income families.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada
BBBSN provides mentors to more than 400 youth annually. Since 1973, BBBSN has provided tens of thousands of mentors to at-risk youth. The non-profit’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Learn more at www.bbbsn.org or call (702) 731-2227.