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Millennium Health to Launch Big Brothers Big Sisters’ First Beyond School Walls, Sister-to-Sister STEM Mentoring Program in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (NOV. 6, 2014) – Millennium Health is proud to continue our commitment to launch a new program focused on getting young girls in San Diego excited about entering the field of science, technology, engineering and math. Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County, with Millennium’s financial support and curriculum provided by UC San Diego, will launch the first Beyond School Walls, Sister-to-Sister Program on Millennium’s campus in Rancho Bernardo for girls at Del Dios Middle School.

The Beyond School Walls, Sister-to-Sister STEM program is a one-to-one youth mentoring program in which San Diego companies give back to their community by hosting girls from area schools at their office, pairing the girls with employees from the participating companies, offering the curriculum through UCSD. Millennium’s funding will enable the program to launch not just at its own site, but at three other locations throughout San Diego.

“There is a need in our community and our industry to give young girls exposure to curriculum that excites them about science, math and technology and opens their minds to opportunities available right here at innovator companies like ours here in San Diego ,” said Brock Hardaway, CEO, Millennium Health. “Millennium is proud to help middle school-aged girls experience a fun, interactive curriculum that also encourages 1:1 mentorship with Millennium employees.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters helps strengthen communities by helping children realize their potential and build their futures by fostering nurturing, 1:1 relationships between children and mentors. Recent research shows that the program has reaching and lasting impact on the community. Researchers found that after 18 months of spending time with their Bigs, the Little Brothers and Little Sisters, compared to those children not in the program, were 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs; 27% less likely to begin using alcohol; 52% less likely to skip school; 37% less likely to skip a class; 33% less likely to hit someone.

Millennium’s program is scheduled to launch in January 2015. If you are interested in learning more or wish to launch a program at your organization, please contact Deborah Condon at deborahc@sdbigs.org.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters

For more than 50 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County has operated under the belief that every child has the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children achieve measurable positive outcomes, including educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; higher aspirations; greater confidence; and healthier relationships. By partnering with parents and guardians, schools, corporations and other community members, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) to monitor and support one-to-one mentoring matches that build safe, enduring relationships.
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides support for children facing adversity, often from single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military. Locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves children ages 7-18 through six distinct programs: Amachi (a program for children with an incarcerated parent), Bigs in Schools & High School Bigs (after school 1:1 mentoring programs), Community Mentoring (the traditional 1:1 mentoring program), Operation Bigs (a program serving children whose active duty military parents are deployable), and Sports Bigs (a sports and active lifestyle mentoring program). Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life, donate or volunteer today at www.SDBigs.org, or call (858) 536-4900.