The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), through its Step Outside program, has committed $250,000 to support Kansas Big Brother Big Sisters (BBBS) and its Pass It On--Outdoor Mentors program.
"We are very excited about this new partnership and the opportunity to work together to help young people from single-parent households," said Jodi Valenta, NSSF director of Step Outside. "This grant will help Big Brothers Big Sisters reach thousands of youth who, otherwise, would have no opportunity to participate in the traditional outdoor activities in which they are interested."
Developed in 1999 with the assistance of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Pass It On matches Little Brothers and Sisters with volunteers who have an interest in outdoor activities. The grant will fund expansion of the program to California, Montana, Pennsylvania and Texas.
In 2002, NSSF awarded Kansas BBBS a grant for $35,000 as part of an initial partnership to expand the program in that state. With the help of the shooting industry, the program introduced over 200 Kansas youth to traditional outdooor activities.
"The partnership between NSSF and Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters has been very successful in Kansas and through this generous grant we have the potential for reaching...