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Big Brother Big Sisters of SLO County

March, 2024

Big Brothers Big Sisters of SLO County is a donor-volunteer-supported nonprofit proven to help vulnerable children of single, low-income and incarcerated parents succeed. Our mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth, and we’ve been doing this for 29 years here in SLO County.
The mentorship relationships we create are children facing adversity matched with trained and supervised volunteer role models in San Luis Obispo County.

Directly impacting a child’s life is a long-term endeavor. The Big Brothers Big Sisters model allows our program staff to oversee nearly 200 volunteer mentors who spend over 28,500 hours per year connecting with vulnerable children. Volunteers make a commitment to their match of at least six hours per month for one year. We have two programs — a school-based program and a community-based program — both designed to build developmental assets in vulnerable children through role models and mentor friendships.

Most children in our programs come from low-income single parent households. Some have experienced significant trauma, including abuse and neglect resulting in foster care, being drug-exposed at birth, and having a parent incarcerated. They are most at risk to continue in a cycle of poverty created by low self-confidence and limited aspirations, unhealthy relationships, risky behaviors, and a low level of education. Our programs break that cycle.

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 behaviors
• Educational success
We are incredibly grateful for the support of our community. Every day we witness your support being life-changing for the children in our programs. Thank you!

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Left to right are Madison Rasmussen, AmeriCorps VIP Fellow; Madi Walker, AmeriCorps VIP Fellow; Judy Hornaday, COO Chair; Caity McCardell, Big Brothers Big Sisters Development Director receiving the March COO check for $1,171.51.
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