TOGETHER,

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

OUR PROGRAMS

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.

TRADITIONAL MENTORING

VOLUNTEER:

Adults age 18 or older

THE EXPERIENCE:

Volunteers are matched with children ages 6 to 16. Matches plan activities twice a month based on their own schedule.

BIG COUPLES

VOLUNTEER:

Two adults age 18 or older in a relationship for 2+ years

THE EXPERIENCE:

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

VOLUNTEER:

High school students grades 9 – 11

THE EXPERIENCE:

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.

WORKPLACE MENTORING

VOLUNTEER:

Corporate employees at a participating Workplace Mentoring company

THE EXPERIENCE:

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.

OUR LEADERSHIP

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

GOVERNING BOARD

Navin Narang – Board Chair
Henry Walker – Vice Chair
Cary Hyden – Secretary
Patty Arvielo
Tim Andrews
Matt Bailey
Ellen Bancroft
Kurt Belcher
Phil Berry
Steve Blanc
Steve Borowski
Erin Boyl
Bob Cluck
Tim Crosson
Brian Davis
Peter Desforges
Tom Duddy
Nori Ebersole

Chris Flick
Mike Fox
Rob Friedman
Paul Fruchbom
Elliot Gordon
Chris Ivey
Blake Johnson
Guy Johnson
Jason Krotts
Brent Lee
John Lennell
Dave Moellenhoff
Scott Nelson
Jim Pickell
Todd Pickup
Chris Reedy
Thomas Reyes
Tim Ryan
Caroline Siefert-Sabo
Marilyn Stemper
Brian Stevens
Gus Theisen
Kim Thompson

REGIONAL BOARD

Erik Anderson
Andy Bryant
Victor Cisneros
Jim Davenport
Amanda Deniston
Chris Foster
Vince French
Fred Grand
Dr. Jacqueline Gustafson
Kathryn Gutierrez
Ernie Hwang
Eugene Kim
Brent Lee
Jeremiah Lee
Ken Lineberger
Jonathan Mitchell 
Erin Phillips
Dennis Shannon
Matt Stowe
Gustavo Theisen
Chris Venhoff
David Werner
Brett Zour

ADVISORY BOARD

Kelly Bell
Rusty Cochran
Craig Davis
Robert “Bob” Gedeon
Cyndi Light
Bill Olien
Sonya Sanders
Shawn Sorensen
Kristin Stolte
Robert “Bob” Tyler

OUR FINANCIALS

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.