March | 2021

We hope you can share our pride. We were notified by the California Federation of Big Brothers Big Sisters that our Big Brother and Board Secretary, Barron De Sanctis, and his Little Brother, Azeal, were chosen this Year’s Big/Little Brothers of the Year – our third year in a row. This is not a small fete in that there are approximately 10,000 volunteers and youth to choose from each year. All of the twelve Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies have so many wonderful stories to share about success in helping youth reach their life potential.

CBBBS never wants to become complacent about the service our volunteers provide – they are all winners in the minds and hearts of the children, families, the agency and our Board of Directors, and communities we’ve served for 96 years in Los Angeles. This is not our first Rodeo. We’ve had nine California Bigs of the Year, including a blind Big Brother, a Big Brother and a Sister for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, a High School Big Sister, now a Social Worker in her community, a Senior Big Brother, a current network News reporter and anchor, and many other outstanding Bigs in the community. All are important success stories in bringing equity to the underserved and fostering youth life potential.

Our peerless success has been acclaimed at the National levels also. Our Big Brothers of the Year for 1990, 1999 and 2011 were received in the White House – even the Oval Office! Our Bigs have been acknowledged for their selfless service to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and children of the incarcerated. Though not our aim, CBBBS feels very blessed to have had such distinguishable volunteers who bring health and academic equity to those on the margins.

Our celebration includes you too. In whatever way you have become associated with our mission – feel the same pride that we have in supporting the mission of serving our youth and communities. Congratulations and please pass our common success on to your friends and followers.

-Ken Martinet Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters, CEO/President

February | 2021

Life seems to be challenging and unsettled these days. There are tragedy and job loss, health and political issues ever present. At Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters we offer stability to youth and their families even during turbulent times. As an example, we recently received a Semi-Annual report from an antique dealer which outlines the agency’s services in 1929 – 1930.

Back then as Catholic Big Brothers, the then Chair of the Board proffered, “…there is a time in every boy’s life when he seeks a man upon whom to mold his character.” Now serving girls and women, our role has not changed but our delivery has gone through many improvements and pivots. Big Brothers and Big Sisters are still volunteering their time to help others in the community. Most of our children are faced with challenges but with the mentoring provided by our Bigs and the support of our staff, they are achieving their life’s potential.

Our reports show better academics, staying away from risky behaviors, and superior levels of High School Graduation. This doesn’t just happen, it’s our volunteers led by our professional staff, and the financial donations of important donors that support our work that make it happen. Today when our Big s and Littles can’t meet face to face, we continue our necessary work and achieve the successes that were envisioned in 1929-1930.

-Ken Martinet Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters, CEO/President

January | 2021

In the midst of the National crisis, we received this note from a mother in our program, “thank you very much for our Christmas gifts…may God always bless you so that you continue with this program helping more families… I am very happy that my girls are in this program.”We call upon our volunteer Bigs and Board of Directors, our staff and our families to support the work of inspiring children to reach their potential. The results of your support inspire our young people and encourages them to a life of meaningful work and service—but it will take all of us as no one organization or one person can do this alone. We need each other more than ever to provide the vital mentoring programs that serve the most vulnerable young people and families in our communities.

Today’s stark reminders show us why Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters exists; that it’s during our greatest challenges that young people need us most. And that they know there are positive adults ¬ Bigs – that they can talk to and depend on to help them navigate the uncertainties and inequities they encounter in the community.

Next month, Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters will reach its 96th year of serving the Los Angeles region. Let’s stand together, focused on the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters mission to our Littles and shape new generations and inspire the best from our great communities for years to come. Our Littles will remember who called to help, who rushed in to aid, and who stood up to build power for their future at this moment when they needed us most.

-Ken Martinet Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters, CEO/President