Family Service Agency
Civic, Political and Social Organizations
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Barbara County, a program of Family Service Agency, launched their Start Something Big campaign in 2016, which aims to recruit 30 new mentors and 30 sponsors in 30 days. Big Brothers Big Sisters is the single most effective prevention-based mentoring program in the US. At-risk children ages 6- 15 are carefully matched with caring adult mentors, who help them reach their full potential through one-on-one relationships built on trust, friendship, consistency, and guidance.
In a recent national report titled The Mentoring Effect, it was been determined that young people who are mentored show improvements academically, socially, and economically. The study found that mentoring programs are very effective in combating school violence and discipline problems, substance abuse, incarceration and truancy and are a proven cost-effective investment: for every $1 invested in mentoring, there is a $4.70 return to society. Yet despite these benefits, one in three youth will reach age 19 without a mentor ? constituting a ?mentoring gap? that demonstrates a need for collaboration and resources.
Locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters served 221 youth, 222 volunteer mentors, and managed 23,158 volunteer hours this year. The public is invited to participate in the Start Something Big campaign by visiting sbBIGS.org.