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Big Brothers/Big Sisters Agency of Santa Cruz County

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Organization Mission

Our goal is to provide children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally-supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. With the support of mentors, children are more likely to stay in school, stay out of the juvenile justice system, and make healthy choices that lead to productive lives.

We envision a community where all children achieve success in life.

The Big Idea:
Make A Match – Match a caring mentor with a child to bring hope and joy in a child’s life.

Mentoring relationships can change the trajectory of a child’s life. Through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Make a Match program, volunteers are carefully paired with children who face serious challenges of poverty, living in single-parent homes, or exposed to gangs, drug abuse and alcohol abuse.

Big Brothers Big Sisters has changed the lives of more than 6,500 local children in the past 35 years. We assess, create, supervise and provide ongoing support to mentoring matches. After thorough screening and training, volunteer mentors commit to spending 10-20 hours monthly with a child for at least one year.

Our goal is to match 45 children with caring volunteer mentors this year. Help bring hope and joy to these children — Make A Match!


Big Brothers Big Sisters does more than partner people up, they create friendships, friendships that last a lifetime. So thank you Big Brothers Big Sisters, and thank you Judy for being the greatest friend a kid can have.

Tanya F., Watsonville (Little Sister)