BBBSBG has 200+ at-risk children on our waiting list. Prior to the pandemic, 81% of FCPS administrators identified mentoring as one of their top priorities. Since the pandemic began, we are now witnessing an increase in demand for youth services, as more children are presenting mental health concerns, behavioral issues, and responses to traumatic experiences. The CDC cites several statistics that prove that traumatic events in childhood can have adverse effects that persist for years. However, 1 of 6 prevention strategies outlined by the CDC to mitigate those effects is connecting youth to caring adults through mentoring programs like BBBS!