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What We Do

The SYSN program creates a statewide network of youth programs aimed at positive youth development for youth ages 6 to 17. PEI funds allow state-level grantees to identify areas that may benefit from additional resources and target specific support to local communities to maintain the statewide network. Examples of service provided through SYSN include mentoring and youth skills development.

Who We Serve

  • Children and youth ages 6-17, with a focus on youth between the ages of 10-17, in each DFPS region of the state.

Map of Providers and Communities

Counties are served at the discretion of the SYSN network.

For additional provider details, see the 2022 provider directory.

How We Measure Success

  • Children remain safe during services, within 1 year (99% in FY21) and 3 years (99% in FY21).
  • Percentage of youth not referred to juvenile probation (99% in FY21).

Program Data

  • Program Start Date: 2008
  • Target Number of Youth/Families Served Annually, FY23: 2,863
  • Average Number of Youth/ Families Served Per Month, FY21: 1,971
  • Counties Served: Counties are served at the discretion of the SYSN network.
  • Annual Budget for Community Contracts: $1,587,500
  • Total Number of Community Grantees: 2 Grantees, 59 Subgrantees
  • Average Grantee Budget: $793,750

SYSN Success Story

Big Brothers Big Sisters (El Paso County)

Lucas’ mother referred him to Big Brothers Big Sisters after seeing him struggle to cope after his father left and started a new family. His mom witnessed her son begin to lack confidence and feel ashamed as his relationship with his father deteriorated. Lucas began to avoid interacting with other adults and youth, including no longer attending school.

However, when Lucas was assigned a Big Brother, the change in him was evident. Lucas’ Big Brother intentionally would take Lucas to places where he could practice his conversation skills with others. Lucas was able to talk to his Big Brother about things he didn’t feel comfortable expressing with his mother, including his relationship with his dad and going back to school. Lucas’ relationship with his Big Brother even encouraged him to begin a sport through the YMCA so that he could have more interaction with his peers. Lucas’ mother loves seeing her son grow and change through his involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters.