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Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brother Big Sister

Organization Mission

To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Over the past 34 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has positively changes the lives of more than 6,000 local children.


The Big Idea:
Big Brothers Big Sisters—Recruiting Caring Mentors to Change the Lives of Children in Santa Cruz 

Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children facing adversity in Santa Cruz County reach their highest potential by creating, supervising, and supporting mentor relationships with caring adults. Mentoring has a proven positive impact on youth who face a wide range of challenges, and demand for this program is high. We have an average wait list of 70 to 75 children. We believe there are many adults in our community who could serve as excellent mentors for these waiting children. Our goal is to find mentors for at least half the children on the waiting list.

Mentoring is extremely rewarding for the adults involved. Many matches result in lifelong friendships. Our plan for 2017 is to ramp up mentor outreach and recruiting efforts with a community-wide campaign to reach potential mentors, including the use of current and past mentors to share their experiences and the rewards of mentoring.

The volunteers are amazing individuals who take time out of their busy lives to help a child. They are the kind of people we want our society to be made of — the kind of people we want our kids to know.

— Holly S., Santa Cruz (single mother of two “Littles”)