The Board of Directors and the professional team at Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County is pleased to announce their 25th year of service to the County, and invites the community to join them in celebrating this significant milestone during National Mentoring Month in January. 

“All children should have the opportunity to reach their full potential,” says CEO, Jenny Luciano.  “Through generous community and volunteer support over the last 25 years, we have provided life-changing, one-to-one mentor relationships for over 3,000 children in San Luis Obispo County, but 137 children are waiting for a match.”

Youth mentoring provides vital support to vulnerable children in San Luis Obispo County.  “In addition to the important friendships that grow over time, our volunteers provide a young person with critical guidance that is professionally supervised.  All children and their parent/guardian receive ongoing case management to ensure their long-term success,” says Luciano.  “Many people are unaware of how intensive our case management is, and how it can provide a critical safety-net for the well-being of at-risk children.”  In fact, Big Brothers Big Sisters logs nearly 3,500 case management contacts on an annual basis to children, their family members, and volunteers in its programs. 

Volunteers play a key role in the success of Big Brothers Big Sisters programs.  More than 500 volunteers provided over 29,200 hours of volunteer time to our community and school based programs valued at $877,300 of donated time according to The Independent Sector (www.IndependentSector.org).  “We could not provide this important service without the support of our amazing volunteers,” says Luciano. 

That is why during National Mentor Month Big Brother Big Sisters is inviting community adults of all ages, businesses, and donors to help them match at-risk children with mentors who will be in their corner in 2020 and beyond. Local residents can become involved by donating or volunteering at SLObigs.org or by calling 805-781-3226.

Important dates for this public awareness campaign are:

  • January 17, 2020 – “International Mentoring Day,” a day of international conversations on social media where photos, video and powerful mentoring stories messages are shared in all languages.
  • January 24, 25, and 27, 2020 – School based mentoring celebrations in Nipomo, San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. Throughout this week and next, BBBS invites the media to visit our in-school mentoring programs where press can see service in action with nearly 180 mentors and protégés.
  • January 28, 2020 – San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisor’s Proclamation in honor of Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County’s 25th Anniversary and National Mentoring Month at 9:00 a.m. at the County Offices located at 1055 Monterey Street Suite D430, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
  • January 30, 2020 – “#ThankYourMentor Day”, a day for all who have real life mentoring experiences to thank those who helped them on their path to adulthood and beyond. Throughout this week, BBBS invites the press to visit our in-school mentoring programs where press can see service in action with nearly 180 mentors and protégés.

Launched in 2002, National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of mentors to help ensure positive outcomes for our young people. This campaign celebrates the potential in each of us and the positive effect mentoring can have on young lives. Its goals are to:

  • Raise awareness of the life-changing impact of the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs;
  • Recruit individuals to mentor, as BBBS SLO  has 137 children who are ready to experience mentoring;
  • Promote the rapid growth of mentoring by recruiting organizations to engage their constituents in mentoring.

National partners work with local leaders to organize special events in their communities supported by local media outlets and public officials.  These events help interested adults learn how to turn their concern for young people into direct action by becoming mentors. Each year since its launch, National Mentoring Month has enjoyed the strong support of the U.S. President and members of Congress.  Other well-known supporters include the late Maya Angelou, Clint Eastwood, the late Senator John McCain, Quincy Jones, General Colin L. Powell, Cal Ripken, Jr., Bill Russell and Usher.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters:

Your local Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission is to create and support one-to-one youth mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Over the past 25 years, we have provided professionally supported mentor relationships for over 3,000 children.  Big Brothers Big Sisters is 100% donor and volunteer supported, and all donations benefit children in San Luis Obispo County. At a yearly cost of $1,800 per child, your support is vital as many more children are waiting to be matched.  For more information on volunteering or contributing to Big Brothers Big Sisters, call 805-781-3226, or visit www.SLObigs.org.