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November 2020 Virtual Activities for Littles

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area is still working to create long-lasting, professionally supported relationships that continue to inspire even through these uncertain times.

October 2020 Virtual Activities for Littles

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area is still working to create long-lasting, professionally supported relationships that continue to inspire even through these uncertain times.

Now More Than Ever

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area is still working to create long-lasting, professionally supported relationships that continue to inspire even through these uncertain times.

2020 Igniting Potential Virtual Gala & Live Auction

On Friday, July 10, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area celebrated another year of success in providing accessibility to inspire, educate, and challenge the next generation of leaders at our 2020 Igniting Potential Virtual Gala and Auction! Please help us to continue to support and ignite the potential in Bay Area young people […]

You Actually Are My Big Sister – Camila and Amanda

Meet Camila and Amanda, one of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area’s 2020 Inspirational Matches! Please help us to continue to support and ignite the potential in Bay Area young people by giving now. 

The Brother I Never Had – Brandon and Devin

Meet Brandon and Devin, one of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area’s 2020 Inspirational Matches! Please help us to continue to support and ignite the potential in Bay Area young people by giving now. 

Gratitude Report 2019

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU To all our supporters who’ve invested in our programs and engaged with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area in various ways throughout the year. We’re grateful to have you partner with us to defend children’s potential the best way we know how, through professionally supported mentorships. That’s why we’re proud […]

Supporting Each Other with Smiles and Laughter – Aurora and Michelle

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area continues to serve Bay Area Youth during the COVID-19 shelter in place orders. And our Bigs are still there for their Littles. Because no child should feel isolated. Mentoring is more important than ever. We can make a difference at a distance, sharing moments that brighten our […]

Mentoring Can Happen Wherever You Are: Brooklyn and Lyle

Mentoring can happen wherever you are! Our matches continue to connect over video chats and phone calls, and our staff continues to make new matches through virtual interviews. This week, we made our very first virtual match, and we are excited to introduce you to Brooklyn and Lyle! Little Brooklyn, his Grandmother Alicia, and Big […]

The CARES Act and BBBSBA

Video calls to provide support and lend an understanding ear. Dropping off care packages of sweet treats to their front door. These are just a few of the ways our Bigs continue to support their Littles and families during this time. We know that mentors are anchors of support in a time of anxiety and […]

The Time is Now

On behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, we sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are safe and remain healthy in this unprecedented time. As we adjust to this new normal, we are all experiencing what it truly means to physically distance ourselves, and the resulting impacts. It is with disappointment […]

BBBSBA Response to COVID-19: We Are Bigger Together

A lot has changed in our communities over the past week. From all of us at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, we sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy through this unprecedented time.  As a nonprofit, specifically one whose core mission is to defend potential through one-to-one […]

Coronavirus Shelter in Place Resources

We at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area remain committed to young people. In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic and shelter-in-place, we are still working to ensure that all youth achieve their full potential. It is in that spirit that we provide the following resource links to parents, guardians, Bigs and the […]

Craig and Malik: Potential Ignited

When Craig retired from his career as a lawyer, and with his kids all grown up, he wanted to give back. He’d been a Big while in college in the 70’s and remembered it being a positive experience. So he reached out to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area. That’s how he met […]

National Mentoring Month 2020: Mentoring Moment with Alex Grebenschikov

It’s National Mentoring Month, and we’d like to share with you how mentoring positively impacts the lives of young people into adulthood! This week’s guest is Alex Grebenschikov, who was a Little Brother, a Big Brother and a member of our Junior Board.

National Mentoring Month 2020: Mentoring Moment with Dr. Jacqueline Thompson

It’s National Mentoring Month, and we’d like to share with you how mentoring positively impacts the lives of young people into and through adulthood! This week’s guest is Dr. Jacqueline Thompson, Senior Pastor of Allen Temple Baptist Church – the first woman to serve as Senior Pastor in their 100-year history.

National Mentoring Month 2020: Mentoring Moment with Malcolm Goodwin

It’s National Mentoring Month, and we’d like to share with you how mentoring positively impacts the lives of young people into adulthood! First up in our series of Mentoring Moments is Malcolm Goodwin, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area Board Member and Enterprise Account Manager at World Wide Technology, Inc.

Kassie and Maleitha: Perfect Match

It doesn’t take long for the relationship between a Little and a Big to reap dividends! Little Kassie and her Big Maleitha have been matched for only 7 months, but it feels like they’ve been matched for longer. Kassie is 9 years old and lives in Sonoma County. She currently lives with her aunt and […]

Diane and Reyna: Mentoring Goes a Long Way

Have you ever wondered if relationships between Bigs and Littles have a lasting impact? Alumni Big Diane emphatically says yes! Matched with Little Reyna in August 2008 just before her 10th birthday, Diane shares that she’s evolved from being a supportive adult to a dear and trusted friend. The time that they’ve spent together over […]

Giving Thanks

It’s the season of thanks and we’re especially thankful for you! Your support helps us to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of Bay Area youth!  

Haden and Jordan: Teammates

Little Haden and his Big Jordan have developed a magnificent relationship that they both deeply value! Jordan is in his fourth season in the NFL and third with the 49ers as the team’s Coordinator of Nutrition. Haden and Jordan’s synergy is one of the best examples of our Inspire Change partnership with the National Football […]

Key Bay Area Companies Get the Ball Rolling for Bowl for Kids’ Sake

A BIG Thank You to Arrow Benefits, Kaiser Permanente, Bivium Capital, W. Bradley Electric, Alliance Bernstein, San Rafael Yacht Club and SafetyChain; just a few of the many Bay Area companies and corporations that ignite the potential of Bay Area kids through generous sponsorship of our Annual Bowl for Kid’s Sake charity bowling events. Bowl for […]

Bay Area Leaders Ignite the Potential of Kids at the Annual Gala 2019

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area Celebrates a Renewed Commitment to Igniting the Potential of  Bay Area Children Celebrating Big Brothers Big Sisters’ renewed commitment to igniting the potential of kids all nine Bay Area counties, over 400 philanthropists, business and community leaders came together at the Fairmont Hotel on Friday, April 26th, […]

Aldo & Robert: Little Moments, Big Impact

Big Robert Robert grew up seeing his dad only a few times a month, so being a role model in a boy’s life seemed like an especially meaningful opportunity. That’s one of the reasons he decided to volunteer as a “Big” at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area. While an Officer in the […]

Aurora & Michelle: “Really” Like Sisters

Before Michelle became a ‘Little’ her older brother was enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area. He had such a good experience that she wanted to be involved in the program too. Her parents thought it would be beneficial, particularly to expand her perspective on life and to “get her out of […]

Thorsten & Forest: Bay Area and Beyond

When Thorsten moved to San Francisco from Germany, he wanted to get involved in the local community, so he signed up to volunteer at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area. That’s how he met his Little Brother, Forest. For three years, they would see each other every other week, going to ball games, […]

GRATITUDE REPORT 2018

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU To all our supporters who’ve invested in our programs and engaged with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area in various ways throughout the year. We’re grateful to have you partner with us to defend children’s potential the best way we know how, through professionally supported mentorships. That’s why we’re proud […]

Mark and Eli: Kindred Spirits

Little Brother Eli and his Big Mark have been matched since December, 2015. During that time, Mark says he’s seen Eli transform “from a 10-year-old boy to a 12-year-old young man.” When we asked Mark to describe his Little, he told us that “Eli is mature for his age, he is naturally curious and he’s […]

Roger and Ray: Biggest Possible Future

The first time Ray and Roger met, Ray confessed that he got arrested and got kicked out of school for beating up another student. “Well where I come from, you have to beat people up to gain credibility and be recognized in my community” said Ray. Taken aback, Roger tried to maintain his calm. He […]

NEW BRAND EMPHASIZES THE POTENTIAL IN ALL CHILDREN

TOGETHER THE FUTURE LOOKS BIG Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area Unveils New Brand Positioning Aimed at Volunteer Recruitment Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area along with more than 270 Big Brother Big Sisters affiliates across the country, today unveil an updated look and brand re-positioning with a goal of recruiting […]

AN UNFORGETTABLE EVENING FOR A GREAT CAUSE

Rock For Kids’ Sake Saturday, November 10th at Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael A private concert and comedy set in the Grate Room featuring The Unauthorized Rolling Stones and Comedian Steve Bruner, Master of Ceremonies. Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads opens its private concert hall to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area […]

A Note From Dawn Kruger, CEO

At Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, we help children reach their potential, one relationship at a time.  A major component of our work is prioritizing child safety and, with that in mind, we seek to be a safe haven for all children and families in the communities we serve.  The separation of […]

Think Big Futures Launches With a Little Help From Start-Up Founders

World renowned start-up incubator, Y Combinator, hosted a special Match Event to kickoff our Think Big Futures Initiative — designed to support college and career readiness with innovative approaches to mentorship practices. The match event, “Afternoon with Founders,” was sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank to provide staff, Bigs, and Littles an opportunity to hear from […]

Meet Inspirational Match: Big Celia and Little Lesly

While on a once in a lifetime trip to to Machu Picchu, Peru, Big Sister Celia realized “I was so lucky and grateful to have the life that I did and I had this overwhelming desire to give back to my community.” She returned home, signed up to volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and ten months […]

Peter and Drake: Opposites Attract

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 […]

Gwen Mitchell: A Legacy of Love

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 […]

Meet Inspirational Match: Rich & Jahleel

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 […]

Bigger Together: How One Person Can Impact Many Bay Area Children’s Live

You might have seen her at a recent (or long past) Bowl For Kids Sake. A defining presence in our Big Brothers Big Sisters community, Glendora Pitre demonstrates how our legacy depends on the people that consistently and whole heartedly live the mission: providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships […]

Celebrating 60 Years at the Diamond Anniversary Gala

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 […]

Celebrating Black History Month with a Big Community Champion

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 […]

The Ripple Effect

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 […]

Persistence Pays Off

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, […]

No Matter Where Life Takes Them

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 […]

30 Years Of Sisterhood

Laura is an alumni Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area. This is her match story, in her own words. Tanya and I are about to celebrate 30 years of sisterhood! Our story began in March, 1987 when Tanya was just 8 years old and I was 25. We have shared […]

Lifelong Learners

“Uncertainty, excitement, fear, wanting to grow up, new experiences, and lessons learned. These feelings are what connect us,” Big Sister Arcelia says with certainty, sharing a picture in graduation regalia, her Little Sister Rebecca — also graduating that year — by her side. It was six years ago that Big Arcelia first felt called to […]

Remembering the Past, Reaching for Tomorrow

Many people experience a pivotal moment in their life: that time when it hits you that things are going in a new direction, a moment of illumination. Sometimes that moment happens during a major life event like a graduation or birthday. Sometimes it happens on a hike, or in a yoga class. For Little Sister […]

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area Merges with North Bay to Serve More Bay Area Kids

it’s official! Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area has officially merged with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay. Now a unified organization serving children from all nine counties in the Greater Bay Area — Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, and Sonoma — our combined […]

A BIG Transformation

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, […]

Shared Passions, Shared Challenges

Hakeem and Santos have been matched for four years and through a shared passion for sports and education, have built an unbreakable relationship they know will last a lifetime. They see each other twice a month and consistently stay in touch with one another in between their outings. Hakeem helps Santos with his homework and […]

Staff Spotlight: Cristina Barron

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area welcomes Cristina Barron as the new Vice President of Programs Raised in the Central Valley, Cristina is the daughter of migrant farm workers, granddaughter of Braceros (meaning “one who works using his arms”), and first generation born in California. While her family still has roots in the […]

Cheering Her On: A Little Sister Prepares for New Adventures Ahead

Fall is fast approaching which means many students are readying themselves for big life transitions such as going off to college. Although it’s exciting, it’s also a time of significant life choices and major change. No one knows that better than Little Sister, Kashari, who has worked hard to get to this stage of life. […]

Ammarah’s Little Talks for Big Impact

“I couldn’t play with you because you know too much” Little Sister, Hailey, confessed to her Big Sister, Courtney, about a new a game she had just learned. From this one game, Hailey was immediately impressed by Courtney’s savvy and won over by her playful spirit. In that moment Courtney realized all she had to […]

Juanita’s Story

Seven years ago, Juanita got a call from Child Protective Services (CPS) about her niece and two nephews, who had shown up to school hungry, dirty, and disheveled. She learned that the day before her sister, who was addicted to drugs and prostitution, had abandoned her children Michael (10), Nathan (7), and Leilah (2) at […]

Meet Inspirational Match: Celia & Lesly

While on a once in a lifetime trip to to Machu Picchu, Peru, Big Sister Celia realized “I was so lucky and grateful to have the life that I did and I had this overwhelming desire to give back to my community.” Ten months later she met her Little Sister, Lesly. Even though she was […]