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Big Brother Peter and his Little Brother Drake have been sharing many great adventures during the time they’ve been matched. But their Match Support Specialist, Marynoelyn, recounts that when they first met there was some concern about whether the match would even workout because they seemed like polar opposite in a lot of ways. “Peter […]

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At Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area we are grateful to get lots of inquiries from potential volunteers interested in becoming a Big. While we work hard to find the perfect match for our Littles, sometimes there are other, just as valuable, ways that volunteers can have incredible impact on our Bay Area […]

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Every year at our Annual Gala we honor matches that exemplify a commitment to both the BBBSBA program and to each other. Here’s how inspirational award winning matches Rich & Jahleel bring our mission to life. Inspirational Match: Unbreakable Bonds As a young man, Rich had a boss who he looked up to at work […]

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A packed house of over 400 community leaders and philanthropists joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area for our 60th Diamond Anniversary Gala hosted at the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco on Friday, April 20, 2018, and raised a record high of over $630K to benefit Bay Area kids. A bigger and stronger […]

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Starting out as a Little Brother in 1957 and still critically involved today, Gerald Smith kindly shares his compelling story of music, social justice, and relationships that were fundamental to his success — from Little Brother, to Big Brother, to Board Member and Community Leader, helping to organize the East Bay Community Council. When and […]

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May means graduation time for many Bay Area teens, but for Isaiah, a graduating Little, the road to college was paved with many obstacles. “I used to not listen to teachers, used to do whatever I wanted. I was bad,” Isaiah sheepishly confesses. Born with drugs in his system due to his mother’s substance abuse, […]

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Akabar was just shy of 14 years old when he was paired with his Big Brother, John. “The match meeting was a little awkward,” John tells us, “I wasn’t sure what to expect.” That initial uncertainty faded away at their first match outing. “We immediately connected and got along really well,” John recalls. The two […]

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Searching for a more fulfilling volunteer experience, Jordan submitted his application to be a Big Brother. “I was definitely nervous meeting my match and his mother for the first time,” he admits. “I didn’t quite know what they expected from me, and how my skills could best help my Little.” He was matched with Joseph, […]

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It hasn’t always been easy for Jezreel. His mother, a single parent since Jezreel was 2 years old, turned to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area looking for a positive male influence to be in her son’s life. “My mom signed me up for this because my father wasn’t around,” Jezreel remembers, “and […]

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