Big Brothers Big Sisters
The Barrett Martin Havran Little Steps Big Futures Program
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) helps at-risk children beat the odds. BBBS offers children consistent mentoring focused on how to succeed in school, behave nonviolently, avoid drugs and alcohol, and break negative cycles.
In 2011, Big Brothers Big Sisters lost a dedicated board member and loving Big Brother, Barrett Havran. To honor him and perpetuate his memory, BBBS elected to rename its educational initiative The Barrett Martin Havran Little Steps Big Futures Program.
Through a partnership with The Miles Foundation, coupled with dedicated fundraising efforts spearheaded by his mother, Joy Ann Havran, the newest element of the Barrett Havran Little Steps Big Futures mentor2.0 program launched in Fort Worth in the fall of 2013.
The mentor2.0 program partners local corporations and college-educated professionals with at-risk high school students. The program combines the best practices of both online and traditional mentoring. Following a finely tuned, college-focused curriculum, mentors and mentees email each other once a week to set college preparation goals and discuss progress towards achieving those goals. In addition, every four to six weeks, mentors meet their students in person at their respective schools to develop various academic, professional and social competencies.
Curriculum targets of the Little Steps Big Futures program include the following:
- Career exploration
- College admission process
- Interview skills
- Problem-solving skills
Through BBBS’ existing mentor2.0 technology, mentors and mentees are able to create and build relationships through a secure online system monitored by the school’s teachers and BBBS personnel. With mentor/mentee interaction primarily taking place through email, professionals involved in the program are provided the flexibility to support local youth amidst their busy schedules.
The Miles Foundation is proud to support BBBS and the legacy of Barrett Martin Havran through the Little Steps Big Futures initiative. Thanks to Barrett, his family, and BBBS, the Fort Worth community will benefit from the impact of this program for many years to come.