Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County (BBSVC) is putting out a special call for BIGS – mentors who can benefit from the friendship of a Little Brother or Little Sister. There are 150 youth in Ventura County, “Littles,” who are anxiously waiting to meet their BBSVC program role model and friend. BBSVC intends to match more Bigs and Littles in Ventura County in an effort to break the cycles of adult complacency, and build stronger, more engaged communities.
There are youth in every city across Ventura County and some of these youth have been waiting for more than a year. Mentoring is not about changing one’s priorities or schedule, but many mentors find that it changes their lives for the better, forever.
As a part of this call to serve volunteers, BBSVC is also launching their “12 Kids of Christmas” campaign: BBSVC is looking for volunteers who are interested in getting started as a Big during the holiday season and continuing as a mentor for at least one year, with the goal of matching at least a dozen youth by the end of the holiday season.
All of the Littles on the BBSVC waitlist are primarily from single-parent homes, foster or kinship care, or a home that lacks two positive role models. Over 70% of the youth on the BBSVC waitlist are boys. All of the children on the BBSVC waitlist are ready for a mentor to step in as a positive friend and role model at this time in their lives.