This year brought not only a new look for Big Brothers Big Sisters, but a refocused mission.
Right now, the number of children growing up in single-parent homes is higher than ever before. Two-thirds of the youth we serve are living below the poverty line. It’s an unfortunate reality for so many children in our community, who lack access to postsecondary education, opportunities to develop emotional intelligence and social capital that will help pave the way to achieving a living wage job.
Our mission is urgent. So in 2019, we sharpened our focus. Modernized how we look and talk. All to change futures for every youth in need of a positive role model.
We continue to tackle society’s issues head-on by delivering prevention-based, solution-focused mentoring. We are at the front end of supporting children before they are tagged for gangs. Before they drop out of school. Before they become a statistic in the juvenile justice system. In this world where relationships are stripped out of all we do, we are committed to building and fostering a one-to-one human connection for youth in need.
Our 4,000 mentors, 4,000 children, professional staff, board of directors and donors have chosen to invest in the future of our region through their time, careers and hard-earned dollars. Together, we empower youth. We inspire change. And we ignite potential. All through the power of mentoring. Thank you for investing in the future of Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
Chief Executive Officer