Big Brothers Big Sisters


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.



All children achieve success in life.



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

Jack’s Story

A traumatized Jack was 8 years old when his mother brought him to the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Jack was troubled after years of vicious abuse by his alcoholic father and witnessing brutal violence against his mother and siblings. He fell behind in school, was constantly in trouble, and had alienated his friends with angry outbursts.

Our professional staff found Jack a perfect Big Brother in Mitch. After several months of coaching, the pair bonded and enjoy spending time together. Mitch helps Jack with his homework and builds educational opportunities into everyday activities.

Jack and Mitch have spent the past four years meeting each week. Jack is thriving! He excels in math and has a large group of friends. His once chaotic family life is now peaceful, as Jack has learned to communicate with kindness. Last year, Jack honored Mitch by inviting him to “Dads and Doughnuts” at school, and Jack was thrilled to have someone to invite. Mitch is looking forward to being there for all of Jack’s major school events, including his high school graduation.

For further information, please contact:

Sarah Rudd-Lawlor

Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Manager

(805) 965-1001 ext. 423