To create a lasting, positive impact on youth by empowering them through mentoring to help them succeed in school and in life.
To bring equity to low-income, underserved youth, of all beliefs, backgrounds and identities, by providing strong, enduring, and professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships with caring adult mentor volunteers that inspire youth potential. We believe every child is born with potential and with a mentor they achieve milestones and reach long-term success.
Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters was founded in 1925 and is a member of the National Big Brothers Big Sisters Network. As one of the oldest and most respected mentoring organizations in Southern California, it has a peerless record for service quality regularly exceeding national match retention rates, with an “Average Match Length” for mentoring pairs of 50.2 months (as opposed to 33.1 months nationally).
CBBBS also has been designated a Blue Ribbon Social Enterprise by the Points of Light Foundation for its superior management of volunteers, and has a peerless record for service quality receiving 8 consecutive annual National Big Brothers Big Sisters Quality Awards including a Gold Standard in 2016, putting it in the top 3% of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America agencies in the country.
CBBBS has a long history of working with youth facing adversity, and each year we serve approximately 400 young people with one-to-one mentoring matches; assess another 400 children and their families for services (and other social service referrals); and screen and train 500 adults as potential mentors or skilled volunteers.
THE CHALLENGES CHILDREN FACE
Some of the challenges our “Littles” face can be daunting. They often live below poverty level, in single-parent homes or a foster home. Many also find themselves in underperforming schools. Currently, the high school graduation rate in Los Angeles County is only 60%. However, the close relationship that develops between a child and caring adult in a mentoring setting is the “active ingredient” that builds a child’s self-esteem, nurtures their confidence and improves their academic performance. The help of a Mentor, with the support of our professionally trained and certified staff, is the kind of support that can change the life of a child for the better, forever.