News Room

A Message from our Director

Hello Friends! 

During this traditional time of gratitude and gifts, I want to extend our deepest appreciation for everyone who has been standing with us, especially since March, when the families & kids in our program began to face new, unparalleled hardships, with racial unrest becoming more prominent in May. Your challenges were piled on too, and you still made the decision to help kids. You are appreciated!

Because of you, we have been able to reimagine what mentoring looks like while continuing to ignite the power and promise of youth in our community. Our team has acted swiftly to adapt our program to the current environment. Our Program Coordinators have been busy collecting and distributing games, learning tools, and resources to help parents and Bigs support youth and navigate these uncharted waters. To ensure our mentoring matches are still able to have safe, meaningful interactions, our team has incorporated new technology and several formats of video communications. We all know some of our best conversations have taken place over a cup of hot cocoa and a board game. This still happens, it just might be virtual now.


When kids know that someone believes in them, that builds trust. When they start to trust someone else, it helps them to believe in themselves. They take more chances. They push themselves. They build their confidence. In fact, their brain chemistry changes, and their brains are literally rewired. They start to think, “I can,” “I’ll try,” “I matter.” Trust is a gift that will live on in our kids, it is a gift they will give others. And it’s because of you, your generosity, and your belief in kids. There may be a lot of uncertainties in our world right now, but your commitment to our kids is strong and steady, and for that, we are extremely grateful!  

Jackie Johnson 
Executive Director




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