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Our Vision is that all children achieve success in life.
Our Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Our Promise is to foster a culture of commitment to diversity and inclusion; partnership and collaboration; continuous learning; people development; and high performance.
We partner with parents/guardians, volunteers, and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving: higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships; avoidance of risky behavior; and educational success.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA) has been transforming the lives of at-risk children and youth in Los Angeles County since 1955. We recruit and screen would-be mentors and identify an appropriate match for each child we serve in collaboration with the child and his/her parent or guardian. Our matches, our Littles and Bigs, develop strong bonds by spending time together. Those bonds are nurtured and supported by our trained case support staff. The results are clear. Our Littles demonstrate increased confidence, improved relationships, engage in fewer risky behaviors, and improve academically.
We serve our Littles primarily through our community-based mentorship program, through which our Littles and Bigs together chose to engage in a wide variety of experiences together, whether playing basketball, helping with homework, or simply hanging out over a meal. We also serve our children through site-based mentorship programs, either at a school or work site. These matches have more well-defined parameters as to time and place, yet the matches engage in many of the same activities.
We serve more than 1,500 at-risk children and youth (aged 6-18) from Los Angeles, San Gabriel, and Riverside counties with carefully-screened, professionally supported adult volunteer mentors.
- 90% of the children and youth are living in families whose annual household incomes are at or below the Federal poverty level. They live in pockets of poverty throughout L.A. County and the Inland Empire but primarily in the areas of South Los Angeles, Metro Los Angeles, and the San Fernando Valley.
- More than 75% are from single parent or single guardian households.
- 80% of the children are African-American, Latino/a, or Asian Pacific Islander.
- 30% are referred to the program through the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services; 10% through the L.A.U.S.D., 20% through community-based organizations and 40% through a parent/guardian.
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