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A Message from our Director

Hello Friends!

The symbolism of spring is one we can all appreciate. In cultural traditions, all over the world, it is a time of re-birth and new beginnings. Our spirits are lifted by the longer days and warmer temperatures, and we are filled with a sense of springtime optimism. This is also the time of year we become more open to inviting changes – both big and small – into our lives.

Refresh, renewal, re-growth ... all of these spring-inspired “R” words bring another to mind: “Renowned.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, largest, and most effective youth mentoring organization in the country. Our mentoring programs have proven positive academic, social-emotional and behavior outcomes for youth, and are linked to long-term outcomes such as education success, high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency, and college and career readiness.

Our purpose is to provide youth facing adversity with the Relationships, experiences, guidance, and support they need to help them build character, broaden their horizons, and to develop into healthy, productive adults that contribute to their communities. We aim to create Resiliency in youth through mentoring because we know that positive mentors help kids overcome their obstacles and challenges and lead them on a path towards a brighter future.

Because we strive for such a high level of compatibility, the length of our match relationships exceeds the national average. For school/site-based matches it is 13 months and the average match length of our community-based matches is 27 months.

The entire design of Big Brothers Big Sisters program is the necessity on the kindness and generosity of others. On behalf of our steadfast Board, our dedicated team, our amazing volunteers, and our incredible kids ... THANK YOU!! Whether you support us financially or by sharing your time- YOU "R" defending the potential of local kids. YOU "R" the difference.

Jackie Johnson
Executive Director


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