ANNUAL REPORT 2020
The Value of Connection
Mentorship has never been more important or more relevant. Through this period of isolation, our mentors have continued to show up for our youth and remind them that being apart does not mean they are alone. That is the value of connection.
— Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Sloane Keane
For decades, we have shared about mentorship as a proven solution for delivering first-generation diplomas and keeping children out of the juvenile justice system. That remains true.
We are committed to igniting the power and promise of youth so they can graduate high school, discover new pathways and achieve a living-wage career that will break cycles of poverty in our community.
But this year, we also addressed an evolving set of critical needs for our youth, ranging from mental health struggles to distance learning obstacles and concerns about their future.
The pandemic has underscored the need for youth to have human connection. For mentorship. A role model who can guide them through this uncertain world and not allow circumstances to prevent our future leaders from thriving.
Connection has united our entire Big Brothers Big Sisters community to keep our organization strong in 2020. Our staff, board of directors, volunteers, donors and partners, together, have helped defend our youth from the devastating effects of this crisis.
We’ve leveraged technology to create connections for our families, providing critical resources and enhanced our professional support. Despite personal hardships, our mentors rose to every challenge, tutoring their mentees over Zoom, dropping off groceries and reminding them daily that they matter and someone is thinking of them.
And without the investment from our donors and partners, none of this would be possible. You enabled us to respond, recover and thrive, launching youth on a path to long-term success.
Igniting potential through connection
Your connection to Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2020 created new pathways for youth
The impact of covid-19
With the onset of COVID-19, our youth are in dire social and emotional trauma, facing poverty, homelessness and educational crisis. These vulnerable youth are losing connection with the people, institutions, and experiences who can ignite their potential.
The youth served by Big Brothers Big Sisters already face significant hardships.
Lack of access to basic survival needs like food, medical care and stable housing were exacerbated throughout 2020. Connection was difficult, as our families live in the areas hardest hit by the pandemic.
Throughout 2020, existing challenges for youth were compounded by struggles with mental health, without adequate resources to address those needs. Lack of access to WiFi and technology made even the simple act of logging on for school a challenge.
In October, the Santa Ana Task Force hosted a youth summit listening forum that echoed on a community-wide scale the struggles we had been addressing for months with our youth. Low-income, first generation adolescents and young adults were suffering disproportionately.
Forced to grow up even faster than before, they shouldered new responsibilities like translating for parents, interpreting culture, working extra hours and supervising younger siblings at the expense of their own education.
COVID-19 has likely erased 10 years of progress made in reducing the national youth disconnection rate in a matter of months.
During and in the years following the Great Recession, the number of disconnected youth was close to 6 million teens or young adults who were neither working nor in school. In the wake of COVID-19, that number could swell to nearly 9 million, or one in four nationwide. But mentoring is a pathway to restoration and healing. This connection means a role model will walk alongside them, helping them open up about their frustrations and navigate an uncertain world.
In March 2020, we shifted our programs to the virtual space to keep kids connected.
This included the launch of a digital connection resource hub and training our volunteers to engage safely and creatively online. As weeks turned into months, there was increasing demand for what we offer: human connection. In response to a growing wait list of children, we launched virtual friendships and began making our first matches in all-digital world.
Mentoring in a pandemic
We not only continued connection for children with virtual friendships, but also adapted our professional support to address three critical areas of need for youth.
This year, our staff introduced virtual match events, training sessions, a drive-through graduation, an online career road trip series and a brand-new program model. It's all made possible because of your connection — our dedicated volunteers, donors and community partners. Together, we met the moment to defend the future of mentorship and strengthen resilience factors for youth.
PRIORITIZING MENTAL HEALTH
“I was at a point a couple months ago — I didn’t want to do anything. I had zero appetite for eating or taking care of myself. I started letting things affect me and stopped doing my schoolwork. When I don’t feel like talking to someone, I’ll text Audra and we’ll talk about it and she’s understanding and she tells me the right thing I need to hear. She makes me feel good about myself when I don’t want to feel good about myself. She’s not just my Big Sister, not just my mentor. I see her as family.”
— Crystal, Age 17, mentored by Audra
Mentors provide connection for the most vulnerable through this crisis — our children.
This year, they battled the devastating effects of isolation, including increased rates of depression, anxiety and suicide. But our volunteers have prioritized the health and well-being of their mentees. Even the smallest acts of sending a motivational morning text, checking in via FaceTime or cooking a meal together over Zoom reminded youth they are not alone.
“It’s not about when you’re there for your Little, it just matters that you ARE there for your Little,” shared Adam, a mentor to Dominic since 2016. “When people ask me about the program, I usually say that no one has time; Bigs just choose to make time.”
In addition to our existing support, mentors received access to enhanced services to better connect with their mentees through the pandemic:
Specialized trainings and facilitated group panels on topics like mental health, socioemotional learning, racial equity and implicit bias empowered volunteers to have meaningful conversations with mentees virtually.
From guided STEM slime tutorials to pumpkin painting, we continued to host fun activities for matches to engage in a virtual format.
“The first week of online school was difficult, but Daphne helped me overcome my anxiety and supported me along the way, even going as far as staying on FaceTime with me while I sat through my classes. Having a Big Sister like Daphne really helped keep me motivated to get my work done and to be in a good mood during the pandemic. After I graduate, I would like to pursue a career in psychology and travel the world. I told Daphne that one of the things on my bucket list was to travel to Japan, and she was so excited about my plans! I hope to have her support for many years to come, even after I graduate.”
— Ameera, Age 17, mentored by Daphne
more likely to attend college
Distance learning introduced a new set of challenges for our youth.
Some were unfamiliar or too young to independently navigate the various technologies needed to attend school remotely. Others, already struggling academically, lacked the motivation to log on for class at all or were pulled away to support siblings and contribute financially to the family.
This year, our mentors embraced their roles as educational coaches, counselors and cheerleaders. They taught their mentees about email etiquette. They sat in on classes. They made sure every child understood the value of education.
For Jorge, a 17-year-old finishing his junior year, the pandemic seemed like a series of dead ends on his path to college. Like many others, his family felt the financial strain of COVID, so Jorge found a summer job working long hours to pay for his applications. When he started his senior year in the fall, distance learning led to challenges in getting signed up for the right classes. But Adrian, his mentor since 2016, showed up for Jorge to ensure his dreams weren’t derailed. Adrian verified CSU admission requirements to correct his schedule and even organized a Zoom call for Jorge and his mom to meet with a CSU San Bernardino counselor.
Adrian’s mentorship of Jorge provided not only human connection, but connection to educational opportunities that would have been out of reach
“Being part of the High School Bigs program has really impacted who I am as a person over the past three years. Being a mentor has unlocked my leadership potential. Being a Big has also taught me to be confident, to be resilient, to better my self-esteem and be there for others. Helping children is my way of helping my community. Being able to encourage them to succeed, helping them to further their education, just being there for them is a step into changing their lives little by little.”
— Isabel, Age 18, High School Big of the Year
"COVID took away our senior year, but it didn’t take away our passion to succeed."
“It is up to us to be the change,” said Isabel, a first-generation student and high school mentor for three years.
Taking a proactive approach with our high school youth across all programs, we explored new ways in 2020 to deliver mentorship to support long-term college and career success. We have an opportunity to be the change and fight back against the catastrophic effects of the pandemic that put a generation at risk of losing connection.
With a goal of exposing high school students to different post-grad pathways, we introduced a virtual series for matches with practical workshops, expert panels and career days with partners like NAIOP SoCal and Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling.
The expansion of site-based mentoring offers more career exposure in diverse fields, with new partners like CHOC, KPMG, Bournes and Anaheim Police Dept.
For many first-generation students, educational and economic barriers can create a tumultuous post-grad journey. This new program model aims to help high school students increase social capital, strengthen college and career readiness, and find their voices as community advocates with the help of a college mentor.
Because of your connection, we have an opportunity to look forward, bringing resiliency and healing to our neighborhoods.
Thank you for being part of our community this year and believing in the value of connection as a solution. Together, we can ensure mentorship has a legacy and a future here in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
2020 donor Connections
Todd & Natalie Pickup
Angelitos de Oro
Joseph & Polly Ueberroth / Bellwether Charitable Foundation – Bellwether Marine Acquisition Company
OJJDP – through Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Paul & Norma Fruchbom
Tom & Angie Reyes
Anderson Community Partners
California Office of Emergency Services – through Inland Empire Community Foundation
County of Riverside Probation – Juvenile Justice Crime
Dot Dot Smile – Jeff & Nicole Thompson
Farmers & Merchants Bank –
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian – relationship through Angelitos de Oro
Inland SoCal United Way
Latham & Watkins LLP – Cary Hyden
Lyon Capital Management – Frank Suryan
North Orange County Public Safety
Riverside Unified School District
The James Previti Family Foundation
The Larry and Helen Hoag Foundation – relationship through Angelitos de Oro
The Nevell Group – Michael & Susie Nevell
The William, Jeff, and Jennifer Gross Family Foundation
Ueberroth Family Foundation
Albert J. Crosson Family Foundation – Tim & Marie Crosson
Altamont Capital & Hybrid Apparel
California Department of Education – through Corona-Norco Unified School District
California Office of Emergency Services – through El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center
CEO Leadership Alliance and Chapman University with Anaheim Union High School District
Chalmers Corporation – Trace Chalmers
Citrus Motors – Dennis Shannon
City of Corona, CDBG
Columbia Steel – Gus Theisen
Compass Group Management, LLC – relationship through Elias Sabo
Disney Worldwide Services, Inc.
Draper Family Foundation – through Orange County Community Foundation
First American Title Insurance Company – relationship through Mark Rutherford
Fontana Foundation of Hope – Jack Long
Henry W. & Ellen R. Warne Family Endowment Fund – through Orange County Community Foundation
Jack & Lois Wareham
John & Rachell Lenell
Josephine Herbert Gleis Foundation
Juliano Family Foundation – Joe Juliano
Lyon Capital Management – Peter Zak
Marathon Petroleum Companies
Marathon Petroleum Foundation, Inc.
Marisla Foundation – through Orange County Community Foundation
Navin & Becky Narang
New American Funding – Patricia & Rick Arvielo
North Orange County ROP – through Anaheim Union High School District
Peter & Suzanne Desforges
R.D. Olson Development
Riverside University Health Systems
Rutan & Tucker, LLP
Safe Neighborhoods & School Act – through Corona-Norco Unified School District
San Bernardino Unified School District
Scott & Karen Green – through Orange County Community Foundation
Steve & Linda Borowski
Succession Capital Alliance – Julian Movsesian
The DevTo Support Foundation – Kevin Martin
The Donna and John Crean Foundation
The Leonard I. Green Foundation
The Westhead Family Trust – Paul Westhead
U.S. Bank Foundation
Wingate Foundation – Todd Wingate
Youssef and Kamel Mawardi Fund
Altria Group – through Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Altura Credit Union
Arne & Nancy Youngman – through Schwab Charitable Gift Fund, relationship through Angelitos de Oro
Banc of California Charitable Foundation
Bank of America
Bisou Bailey Foundation / Matt & Susie Bailey – through Orange County Community Foundation
Blake & Courtney Johnson
Blanc Family Foundation / AYCO – Steve & Phyllis Blanc
Brew Ha Ha Productions
California Baptist University – College of Behavioral Social Sciences
CEJ Investments – Carl Johnson
Center Street Lending – Steve Couig
Citizens Business Bank
City of Anaheim CDBG
City of Rialto, CDBG
City of Riverside, CDBG
Cox, Castle & Nicholson
Croul Family Foundation
D. Robinson & Tammi Cluck
Edwards Lifesciences Foundation
Elliot & Sheila Gordon
Exit Alliance Realty – Shawn Sorensen
Fidelity National Title Group Holdings
FPH Capital Partners – Navin Narang
Griswold Industries (CLA-VAL)
Inland Empire Community Foundation
Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation
J&B Schaefgen Family Charitable Foundation – through Schwab Charitable Fund
J. Stanley and Mary W. Johnson Family Foundation
Jim & Eleonora Pickell
Mathis Brothers Furniture – Rit Mathis
Mega Western Sales – Tom Duddy
Merrilee F. Harris – through the American Endowment Foundation, relationship through Angelitos de Oro
Mike Danzi – through Orange County Community Foundation
MUFG Union Bank Foundation
Neora – through Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Odessa’s Vision – Doug & Sheryl Martinez
Oltmans Construction Co. – Charles Roy
Pacific Life Foundation
PRO Unlimited, Inc.
R. Julian Enterprises – Rick Julian
Rick & Tracy Weiner
Ruben Mendoza – through the National Christian Foundation California
San Manuel Band Of Mission Indians
Shea Homes – Bert Selva & Peter Shea
Synergy Corporate Housing – Henry Luebbert
The Ahmanson Foundation, Trustee, Howard F. Ahmanson
The Breana Pennington Living Trust – Jason Smallwood
The DevTo Support Foundation – Joe Moody
The DevTo Support Foundation – Rick Weiner
The LeVecke Family Foundation
The Susan Scott Foundation – Tim McFarlin
Tom & Deanne Duddy
TVI, Inc. – Savers
Urovant Sciences Inc. – relationship through Nori Ebersole
VPM – Scott Barker
Wells Fargo Foundation
Word & Brown Companies
Anaheim Community Foundation
Apriem Advisors – through the National Christian Foundation California, relationship through Jen & Matt Olson
Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors – relationship through Jim Davenport
Bill & Barb Lindsey – through the National Outreach Foundation
Bill & Veronica Olien
Bottega Veneta – relationship through Angelitos de Oro
Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation
Charles & Yvonne Stowe
Christopher & Brigitte Reedy
Christopher & Fiona Ivey
David & Ginger Werner
David August – David Heil
Employee Community Fund of Boeing CA
Enterprise Holdings Foundation
Fidelity Melon – Darrin Wadman
Fidelity National Title Company
Frome Family Foundation – Stan Frome
Harry and Diane Rinker Foundation – Ken Rinker
Hexberg Family Foundation
J O Larson Revocable Trust
Jeff & Susan Hamar – through Schwab Charitable Fund
Jeff Roos – through Orange County Community Foundation
John H. Grace Foundation
Keenan & Associates
Ken & Cheri Ketner
KPMG LLP – a portion of this gift influenced by Mark Clemens
Lon V. Smith Foundation
Los Angeles Chargers
Max Jong – through the National Outreach Foundation
McCarthy Building Company Inc.
Mike & Linda Mussallem – through the Orange County Community Foundation, relationship through Angelitos de Oro
NAL Financial – Nicholas Louis
OC Professional Soccer
OctoClean – Matt Stowe
Pacific Premier Bank
Pam & Jim Muzzy – through Orange County Community Foundation, relationship through Angelitos de Oro
Phil & Diana Berry
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP – relationship through Gary Wilson
Real Estate Development Associates
Richard & Elizabeth Steele Endowment Fund – through Orange County Community Foundation
Robert and Helen Reedy Family Fund of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation
Roger & Laurie Williams – through Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Stradling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth – relationship through Chris Ivey
The Grove Community Church
The Roberts Law Firm
Timothy Strader Jr. – through the American Endowment Foundation
TSG Wealth Management –
Unify Financial Credit Union
Vince & Naomi French
Waltmar Foundation, Inc.
Wilson Creek Winery
Wohl Family Fund – through Orange County Community Foundation, relationship through Angelitos de Oro
0/20 Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Albert B. Cutter Memorial Fund
Allstate – Omar Zaki
Almich & Associates
Andy & Elyse Bryant
Aquazzura – relationship through Angelitos de Oro
Beauty 21 Cosmetics, Inc.
Best Best & Krieger LLP
Brent & Ana Lee
Bruce & Carolyn Rouleau – relationship through Angelitos de Oro
buzzbox premium cocktails, Inc.
Calvary Murrieta – Brian &
Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP
Chartwell Financial Advisory
Chris & Daphne Foster
Commercial Metals Company
Commercial West Brokerage – relationship through Phil Berry
Control Air Enterprise
Cuevas Family – through the Inland Empire Community Foundation
Damien & Jennifer O’Farrell
Dave & Jacqueline Gustafson
Disney – on behalf of Christopher Won’s volunteer service
Disney – on behalf of Lauren Tirado’s volunteer service
Do It American MFG Company, LLC
Dominique & Jeremiah Secrest
Dorothy M. Booth Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee
Erin & Jack Boyl
Ernst & Young LLP – relationship through Scott Nelson
Experian – through the Benevity Community Impact Fund
Fisher & Phillips LLP
Gary & Bonnie Wilson
Grace Helen Spearman Charitable Foundation
Harbor Distributing, LLC –
Hillmann Consulting, LLC
Howard Building Corporation
Ingram Micro Community Relations Fund – through OneOC
Intermix, LLC – relationship through Angelitos de Oro
Jack and Shanaz Langson Family Foundation – relationship through Angelitos de Oro
James & Marilyn Johnston
Jennifer & Matt Olson
Jeremiah & Laura Lee
Jim & Judy Davenport
John & Karla Barry
Joshua Crabbe – through the Benevity Community Impact Fund
JWB Tax and Financial Services – Jason Burke
JYeh MD Foundation
Kathy Wright & Dwight Tate
Ken & Angela Lineberger
Kristin & Dave Stolte
KV Marketing – Chris Bull
Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball
Loreen Loftus – relationship through Angelitos de Oro
Majestic Realty Foundation
Mark & Denise Rutherford
Mark & Erin Phillips
Mark Clemens – through Orange County United Way
Mary E. Moore Family Foundation
Mary Ruth Arnoldt
Mason Smith – through Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Merhab Robinson & Clarkson, Law Corporation
Midkiff Family Foundation
Mike Kincaid – Kincaid Construction Company
Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius – relationship through Ellen Bancroft
National Charity League, Inc – Riverside Chapter
National University System
Netflix – through Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Nichols Consulting Engineers, CHTD
Nordstrom Rack – through Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Oak Creek Golf Club
Panattoni Development Company
Peter & Susan Hitch – through Orange County United Way
Reyes Coca Cola Bottling
Richardson Family Trust
Riverside East Rotary
Riverside Sunrise Rotary
Salas O’Brien Holdings
Santa Ana Elks Lodge
Service Now – through the Benevity Community Impact Fund
Shanbrom Family Fund – through Orange County Community Foundation
Sharpe Interior Systems
SingerLewak LLP – Shannon Carlson
Sloane & Kevin Keane
SoCal Elite Accounting
Southern California Edison
Stater Bros. Charities
Taketa Capital Corporation – Rick Taketa
Target Corporation – through the Target Circle Program
Taylor & Monica Arnett
The Darin and Lori Anderson Foundation
The Koll Company
The Resort at Pelican Hill
Thomas Gobin – through the PIMCO Foundation
Tim Conlon – through the Benevity Community Impact Fund
Tony Radovich – Highland Commercial Roofing
Tricord Advisors – Jeremiah Lee
Tustin Community Foundation
Two Mortgage Guys – Jonathan Ferrell
Victor & Jenny Cisneros
Walter’s Automotive – Steve &
Waters Edge Wineries – Ken & Angela Lineberger
WAXIE Sanitary Supply
We Care Plumbing, Heating, Air, and Solar – Rusty Cochran
West Coast Firestopping
Williams Sonoma – relationship through Angelitos de Oro
Windermere Tower Properties – Brent Lee
Wood Gutmann & Bogart Insurance Brokers
Longtime connections that became more important than ever in 2020
Committed to improving the lives of youth and families in Orange County
Orange County Community Foundation has been a key connector for Big Brothers Big Sisters through so many of its efforts:
The Green Family Foundation has generously provided ongoing funding for our youth to experience a variety of new cultural, athletic, and life activities while simultaneously creating opportunities for our mentors and youth to strengthen connections through shared experiences.
Orange County needs new and innovative ways to provide workforce development to all of its residents. In 2020, OCCF invested in a unique partnership between Hope Builders, Santa Ana College, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Ceridian to provide underserved young adults with the full range of training, services, education and mentorship they need to attain living wage jobs.
The Draper Family Foundation’s support has helped our agency become a national leader in promoting college and career success through mentoring.
The Marisla Foundation continues to help us match and support underserved young girls across Orange County with mentors that can help mitigate the impact of social isolation, economic dislocation and distance learning.
Lastly, OCCF itself has long supported ACT Anaheim, a collaboration of youth-serving nonprofits working together to change the lives of Anaheim youth. As ACT Anaheim enters a new phase as part of the Anaheim Community Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters looks forward to carrying on the efforts OCCF has stewarded for so many years.
Honoring Todd Pickup
2020 Joel K. Rubenstein Award
Previously known as the Man of the Year, this award was renamed after Joel K. Rubenstein in 1988 in tribute to a beloved board member who dedicated his life to improving the futures of children in Orange County. This award has become the highest honor that the organization can bestow: These are “the hands that helped build Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County.” All the names of the past honorees have been engraved on a Big Brother/Little Brother statue that stands in the office to represent the hands that build the agency.
In 2020, Big Brothers Big Sisters welcomed Todd Pickup as the newest member of this esteemed group. A board member since 2010 and past board chair, Todd has helped double the number of youth impacted by mentorship in the region during his tenure. His unwavering commitment has played a role in transforming the organization, from his seed gift to the capital campaign to becoming a mainstay at the annual Stars and Stripes Tournament. Todd’s generosity, compassion and dedication to youth mentoring are why we are proud to honor him as the 2020 Joel K. Rubenstein Man of the Year.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters Corporate Board
Thank you to the 2020 Corporate Board:
Taylor Arnett, CapRock Partners
Jason Balaban, First American
Alicia LeBlond, Banc of California
Dominique Secrest, UPS
Michael Denzinger, US Bank
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
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TOTAL EXPENSES: $6,970,624
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