Texas Bar Foundation presents $5,000 Grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters

Top Quote Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star has received a generous grant from the Texas Bar Association to help expand its Amachi Texas program that works to break the chain of incarceration through one-to-one mentoring. End Quote
  • Dallas, TX (1888PressRelease) June 28, 2012 - Big Brothers Big Sisters announced today that it has received a $5,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation. The generous donation will help Big Brothers Big Sisters expand its Amachi Texas program - a statewide initiative that works to "break the chain" of incarceration through one-to-one mentoring. The program focuses on mentoring children who have a significant family member incarcerated, on probation or on parole.

    "More often than not, children of prisoners live in the shadows of their parents' mistakes and then eventually follow the family tradition of criminal activity," says Olivia Eudaly, Vice President of Government Relations and Grants for Big Brothers Big Sisters. "Thanks to the Texas Bar Foundation's support, we will have the ability to provide mentors to more of these children and expose them to a more positive, potential future story."

    Amachi is a Nigerian Ibo word, which loosely translated means, "Every child has potential." Since its inception in 2006, Amachi Texas has served more than 8,500 children impacted by incarceration.

    About the Texas Bar Foundation
    Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $14 Million in grants to law-related programs across Texas. It is the nation's largest charitably-funded bar foundation in the nation and is supported by members of the State Bar of Texas. www.txbf.org

    About Big Brothers Big Sisters
    Big Brothers Big Sisters is a donor-supported volunteer organization that places caring adults in the lives of children in one-to-one mentoring relationships. Through the positive impact of those friendships, children with a Big Brother or Big Sister are more likely to graduate from high school and are less likely to begin using drugs, begin using alcohol or engage in negative conflict. For more information, contact 888.887.BIGS or www.bbbstx.org.

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