WE IGNITE POTENTIAL
In a world of causes, we make a difference by creating professionally supported, one-to-one matches for youth who want to realize their full potential.
Through mentoring, we aim to decrease the number of disconnected youth in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Empowered youth have the potential to change our world
Big Brothers Big Sisters delivers one-to-one mentoring to youth facing adversity through four program models. We provide the training, resources and support necessary for each match to succeed.
Adults age 18 or older
Volunteers are matched with children ages 6 to 16. Matches plan activities twice a month based on their own schedule.
Two adults age 18 or older in a relationship for 2+ years
Two volunteers are matched with a Little Brother age 6 to 16. Big Couples spend time with the child twice a month together or on their own.
HIGH SCHOOL BIGS
High school students grades 9 – 11
High school volunteers are matched with elementary school students. Mentoring sessions take place once a week after school at the elementary school for one hour and are led by a Big Brothers Big Sisters program specialist.
Corporate employees at a participating Workplace Mentoring company
Employees are matched with high school students and meet once a month at company headquarters. Sessions last 90 minutes and are facilitated by a Big Brothers Big Sisters program specialist.
JENNIFER O'FARRELL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
As executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire, Jennifer spearheads efforts and services to combat human trafficking and prevents vulnerable youth from poverty, abuse and victimization through strategic and systematic one-to-one mentoring. Throughout her career, she has consulted, contracted with and worked for various nonprofits to ensure agency success through innovative and outcome-based measures to increase capacity and quality of programs, curriculum, services and funds.
Her leadership in the region has created pipelines and services for underserved youth to reduce child abuse, break cycles of generational poverty and increase academic attainment. She has served as president of the YWCA, founding member of The Pick Group, appointed board member to the Riverside Public Utilities, board member of San Bernardino City Unified School District’s Making Hope Happen Foundation, and the Parkview Community Hospital Foundation.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Navin Narang – Board Chair
Henry Walker – Vice Chair
Cary Hyden – Secretary
Dr. Jacqueline Gustafson
Robert “Bob” Gedeon
Robert “Bob” Tyler
It’s your money that keeps us going and enables us to start more kids on the right path, so you have every right to know how it is used. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County & the Inland Empire is a 501c3 (tax-exempt) organization.