Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County
Since opening for service in 1995, we have created over 2,700 mentor relationships. In 2018, we served just under 400 children in San Luis Obispo County. We have been recognized by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America four times for outstanding performance and growth, putting us in the top 2% of agencies nationwide, and we were awarded with the 2015 Agency of the Year of the Small Mid Agency Alliance. The honor of both Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year for the State of California was awarded to local volunteers in 2014 and 2016.
We have two programs, both designed to build developmental assets in vulnerable children through role models and mentor friendships. Our Community Based Program creates strong and enduring relationships by connecting vulnerable local youth with adult volunteers. We thoroughly screen and professionally train volunteers in order to insure child safety. Volunteers and children spend at least 6 hours a month exploring shared interests and developing positive, stable relationships. Volunteers enrich children’s lives by modeling healthy choices and providing connection with their community. Our professional staff provides individualized case management to each match relationship and hosts educational and enriching group activities for all program participants. The agency conducts regular baseline and follow-up surveys to ensure long-term positive results.
Our School Based Program allows us to double our impact, serving two children with every mentor relationship. A group of carefully selected high school and college students travel to their partner elementary school once each week for the entire school year. Older and younger students are paired for ongoing relationships built upon one-to-one interactions and occasional group activities such as doing homework, playing sports or making crafts. The younger students gain confidence while the older students build leadership skills and find a sense of community in a positive outlet. The students learn that as individuals they can shape the world and have a positive effect on their community. The exposure to new ideas and opinions offered by both the mentors and elementary students from differing backgrounds expands both groups’ horizons.
Please go to SLObigs.org for more information on becoming a Volunteer Mentor or enrolling a child in our program.