Big Bros/Sis
Civic Group
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County

All youth achieve their potential

Years active: 37

Leadership: Aimee Mangan, executive director

Their story: For almost four decades, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County has been matching adult mentors with youth to support one-on-one relationships -- with more than 7,500 youth served since inception. The organization works with volunteer mentors, parents/guardians and other community members to help young people avoid risky behaviors, gain greater confidence and achieve their education - all with a goal of “igniting the power and promise of youth.” In addition to these core services, the organization also runs a one-to-one TransMentoring program that matches trans youth ages 7-17 with trans adult mentors.

The isolation that COVID-19 has brought about, especially for medically vulnerable populations, has provided an opportunity for us to shift our processes and procedures to serve even more in our community.