Youth Development

Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County, Inc.

aka Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County   |   San Diego, CA   |  http://www.SDBigs.org

Mission

Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better.

Ruling year info

1961

President & CEO

Mr. S. Wayne Kay

Main address

4305 University Avenue, Suite 300

San Diego, CA 92105 USA

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EIN

95-2151526

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Big Brothers, Big Sisters (O31)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Access to quality and formative relationships with non-parental adults is not the reality for many children. A recent national report by Ernst and Young (2012) found that 1 in 3 youth grow up without a mentor. In San Diego County, that is over 75,000 children. BBBS serves children challenged by socioeconomic risk factors including: poverty (80% qualify for free/reduced lunch); 75% are minorities; single parent homes (typically mother or female relative; 56%); parent incarcerated (7%) or monolingual Spanish-speaking parents (15%). Many youths from these communities do not have a stable adult role model at home, and are therefore more likely to partake in risky behavior, skip school, and experience an “achievement gap” – having the aptitude, but not the resources, to pursue higher education. By helping at-risk youth set and achieve higher aspirations, make positive life choices, and be more prepared for their future, BBBS helps contribute to a stronger society.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Mentoring

Community Mentoring The original Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program that matches adult mentors with children ages 7-18 through one-to-one caring and consistent relationships. Volunteer mentors meet with a child 2-4 times a month for 2-5 hours, and a minimum commitment of one year. Volunteers spend one-to-one time with a child, twice a month, engaging in activities designed to promote healthy behaviors (e.g., hiking, boxing clinic), social/emotional wellness and character development. All volunteers are screened, matched and supervised by the Big Brothers Big Sisters degreed staff.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
General/Unspecified

Site-Based Mentoring: Through a partnership between local elementary schools and Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County, adult mentors provide one-to-one attention in a supervised setting. Operation Bigs, located on Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, and in Coronado, Point Loma and Serra Mesa, is the first of its kind in the nation. Operation Bigs provides mentors to children of active duty military families. Volunteers meet with children at their schools and provide quality one-to-one friendship time. Big Brother and Big Sister mentors are able to really help these children through an understanding of what the child faces on a daily basis.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
None

Beyond School Walls is a workplace mentoring initiative designed to provide vulnerable middle school-aged youth with opportunities to explore college and career pathways, as well as develop leadership skills. Workplace mentoring is held twice monthly at a work site/corporate host and employees serve as mentors. In addition to our general Beyond School Walls program we offer two versions designed to meet critical youth needs in San Diego County while taking advantage of regional business strengths: Beyond School Walls -Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics connects children 11-13 to STEM-based corporations for one-to-one mentoring plus a hands on STEM curriculum; and Beyond School Walls- Sister 2 Sister, which is a prevention-based program -designed targeting communities with alarming levels of juvenile human trafficking - to equip girls with positive gender identity and leadership skills necessary to for post-secondary and professional success.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
None

Where we work

Awards

Wise Giving Alliance 2008

Better Business Bureau

Four Star Charity 2012

Charity Navigator

One of three finalist for Agency of the Year 2012

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Number one non-profit for youth at-risk 2013

Guidstar's Philanthropedia Award

Affiliations & memberships

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter 1978

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year

Number of youth who report less likelihood to engage in criminal activity

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Context Notes

99% of youth surveyed in 2017 reported improvement in attitudes toward risk behaviors such as alcohol/drug usage, skipping school, hitting, cheating.

Number of participants reporting change in behavior or cessation of activity

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Context Notes

100% of youth surveyed in 2017 reported improvement in at least four surveyed outcome areas.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Goals for BBBS Mentoring Programs: 1. Provide 1,400+ Littles with at least 4 hours of 1:1 mentoring monthly (over 50,000 total hours), meeting or exceeding the prior year's Youth Outcomes Survey measured outcomes for active matches. 2. Provide support for Littles through additional staff and volunteer training in mental health and trauma-informed care, and training specific to Littles on the topic of resiliency. 3. Work to enhance mentoring program through focused expansion of community partnerships designed to provide supplemental activities for matches, including financial literacy, leadership skills, community volunteerism, and STEM learning.

Goal 1: Meet monthly service goals; meet annual average match length goals. Focus on quality of service, quality of matches and volunteers. Goal 2: Through mental health and trauma informed care training, staff, volunteers and leaders at BBBS will learn the skills they need support youth who have experienced or continue to experience significant emotional or physical trauma. Youth will learn essential coping skills necessary for addressing and healing from their trauma through workshops and activities that help them work through their feelings of anxiety and depression, in a safe, nurturing environment. Goal 3: BBBS aims to increase the number of supplemental activities open to active matches on topics of mutual interest to them. BBBS plans to offer at least one activity per month open to Community Mentoring matches on the following topics: financial literacy, leadership development, soft skills development, STEM learning, physical health and wellness, and community volunteerism.

Many BBBS match support staff members have masters degrees; all are credentialed professionals. BBBS staff and volunteers undergo rigorous training in order to ensure match safety and quality of care. All program staff members participate in leadership development trainings, program trainings, and safety trainings annually. BBBS leadership staff are highly qualified and experienced in recruitment, program support, fundraising, marketing and business management. As a valued member of the San Diego community since 1961, BBBS is a highly qualified community leader in the youth development field.

BBBS staff administers a Youth Outcomes Survey (YOS) to all youth aged 9 and older upon enrollment and after one year in the program. The 32-item assessment captures outcome-associated attitudes and behaviors such as negative risk-taking (drug, alcohol and tobacco use), truancy, self-esteem, peer relationships, parental relationships, grades, and academic expectations. Results from the YOS show the significant, positive impact of mentoring on key indicators for long term outcomes. In the 2017 YOS, 100% of children served improved in four or more measured outcomes. BBBS tracks match length in its proprietary Agency Information Management system, which can be used to assess an annual average match length and changes to that number. In addition, BBBS staff personally support each mentoring match, to ensure satisfaction among both Bigs and Littles, assess participant needs, and get immediate and ongoing feedback about its programs.

2018 accomplishments include: • 1,400 children served from 82 zip codes across San Diego County • Met first year goal for Bigs with Badges, a mentoring program that pairs law enforcement mentors with children from the communities they serve (25 matches made in launch year) • Workshops held quarterly on financial literacy, financial aid, college application preparation, and resume writing/job readiness. • Eight corporate partners opened their doors to youth through workplace mentoring initiative Beyond School Walls • 99% of Littles improved or maintained “attitudes toward risky behavior” after one year • 92% of Littles improved or maintained “scholastic competence” after one year In 2019, BBBS will expand trauma-informed care training to volunteers and youth. Additionally, BBBS will expand number of children served through Bigs with Badges to 35 matches, and will expand Beyond School Walls to add two additional corporate partner sites focused on workforce development.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. William Brennan

Jonathan Andrews

Andrews-Lagasse Branch Bell

Jan Bourgeois

Retired

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

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