Nissan Americas has announced that it is contributing $35,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee! The money will help serve children waiting for mentors. Over the past five years, Nissan has donated more than $150,000 to the organization, which provides programs that help kids make better, safer choices with a goal of reduced crime, improved graduation rates, and a foundation for overall economic benefit in Middle Tennessee.
In 2011, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee estimates it will serve more than 3,000 children in Middle Tennessee with mentors. The investment from Nissan will go directly toward the organization’s efforts to recruit and train volunteer mentors who will be matched with children between the ages of 6 -16 from high-risk family backgrounds.
Since moving its headquarters to Middle Tennessee, Nissan has developed a longstanding relationship with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Several employees volunteer their time with the organization serving as volunteer mentors as well as serving on several committees for the agency.
Children involved in a positive mentoring relationship are more likely to have greater self-esteem, improved academic performance, better relationships with family and peers, and avoid negative behaviors.
For more info, visit mentorakid.org