Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay helps children realize their potential and build their futures. They inspire children to achieve and strengthen their communities through volunteer activism. Their mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. For more than 40 years, this agency has provided carefully screened, trained volunteer mentors to our community’s most at-risk youth – breaking cycles of poverty, drugs and violence.
In 2013, they served 450 children, ages 6-17, in Marin, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties. About 90% of their youth come from low income, single-parent homes, have a parent deployed in the military, are in foster care or have an incarcerated parent.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters provide children with crucial guidance, motivation and fun while teaching them about community service so they can grow up to be happy, productive adults who give back to their community.
Their professional counselors support the volunteer, child and the child’s family throughout the relationship. This long-term commitment is unique to the program and is what makes it so powerful. They are accountable for each child in our program achieving:
• Educational success
• Avoidance of risky behaviors
• Higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships
Their programs include: community-based, site-based and workplace mentoring; proving extraordinary results:
• 52% less likely to skip a day of school and have three times fewer dropouts
• 46% less likely to use drugs and 27% less likely to use alcohol
• Four times fewer arrests and teen pregnancies
• More likely to achieve a college degree and give back by volunteering
The Republic of Tea is proud to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay through their Corporate Leadership Circle and various events throughout the year.
The Republic of Tea has a few Minister Big Brothers and Sisters including: our Minister of Creativity, Gina Amador; our Minister of Finance, Kevin Bersofky; and our Minister of Brand Engagement, Marci Furutani. Gina Amador, has been a Big Sister to her little sister, Benecha, since 2010 and just recently received an award for her commitment, patience and accountability. To honor her service to the organization, the City of San Rafael recognizes December 6th as “Gina Amador Day.”