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Amanda English 111 12 December 1999 Big Brothers of Greater Indianapolis American families were once thought of something that might resemble a 1950s sitcom Marriages meant forever and children never knew the realities of life outside of little league and sandlot football Yet over time this idea has become distorted showing that the Brady Bunch scenario is really far fetched in itself Families today do not fit the ideal mold of a structured family with 25 kids and a dog Families today are more realistic facing the realities of lifemeaning divorce death desertion and even mental and physical problems Big Brothers of Greater Indianapolis represents one of over five such organizations whose sole purpose is to provide idealistic role models to single-parent families By making life better for children youth and families the Big Brother program is striving to prevent serious behavioral and personality problems that often inhibit a structured childhood BBGI Annual Report 1997 While these relationships are based on the idea of understanding and friendship it also becomes important to evaluate whether such an organization provides the youth questioned with a more complete life To many the statistics speak for themselves Joe VeneKlause Personal Interview 1999 a caseworker for the Big Brothers of Greater Indianapolis points out that the presence of a caring and supportive adult mentor does make a difference With solid research and planning Big Brothers of Greater Indianapolis is planning and discovering new and expanded ways of meeting the needs of Big Brother youth VeneKlause 1999 In 1995 research about the organization was conducted by PublicPrivate Ventures The purpose of this research was to determine whether such programs helped kids in the aspects of saying no to alcohol drugs as well as being more confident in their schoolwork and performance Research continues today and into the future with the Strategic Plan 1998-2003 The idea is to broaden awareness of Big Brothers of Greater Indianapolis and its
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