Our local Big Brothers Big Sisters is dedicated to mentoring youth and changing futures. We believe that the solution to prevent future child abuse, reduce violence and delinquency all the while increasing academic success for children is by providing them someone to stand in their corner – a mentor. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Valley is the bridge for kids to find a safe and trusting mentor that can ignite their potential. Since we opened their doors in 2013 we have been a backbone to kids slipping through the cracks and vehicle for community members to become mentors to these youth. This December 1,200 youth are being mentored by 1,200 professionally supported mentors region wide. With the support of their mentor, the mentees are developing confidence, reclaiming their childhood and seeing a path away from violence and towards resiliency and success. 99% of BBBS’ youth graduated high school with 74% being the first in their family to graduate high school and 80% enrolling into enlistment, education or employment. Big Brothers Big Sisters is doing “BIG” things one child and one mentor at a time that is making lasting change to the child and their surrounding community.