Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Big Brothers Big Sisters is recognized as the single most effective prevention-based mentoring program in the United States. At-risk children ages 6-15 are carefully matched with caring adult mentors, who help them reach their full potential through one-to-one relationships built on trust, friendship, consistency, support, and guidance.

Every year, volunteer Big Brothers and Big Sisters help improve the lives of more than 200 youth in Santa Barbara County, many from single-parent, low-income homes.

Big Brothers Big Sisters one-to-one mentoring services are proven to help children beat the odds. Youth served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are more likely than their peers to succeed in school, make safer behavioral choices and have stronger relationships. National and local research shows that positive relationships between Littles and their Bigs have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives.

  • 86% of participating youth improved academic performance
  • 89% avoided delinquency
  • 85% made better, safer decisions
  • 88% improved relationships with family members
  • 90% had a stronger sense of self-confidence

You have the power to change the life of a child, for the better, forever.

Our VISION is that ALL children achieve success in life.

Our MISSION is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community we are ACCOUNTABLE for each child in our program achieving:

  • Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
  • Avoidance of risky behaviors
  • Educational success

For further information, please contact:

Sarah Rudd-Lawlor
Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Manager
(805) 965-1001 ext. 423