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The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors recently recognized Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Barbara County for their work in mentoring at-risk youth with a proclamation announcing January 2015 as Mentoring Month.

Because January marks the 14th annual National Mentoring Month, Big Brothers Big Sisters is participating locally through their Something Big campaign, which aims to recruit 30 mentors and 30 sponsors in 30 days.

The proclamation reads, in part: “Whereas, mentoring programs are effective in combating school violence and discipline problems, substance abuse, incarceration and truancy and are a proven cost-effective investment: for every $1 invested in mentoring, there is a $4.70 return to society. Yet despite these benefits, one in three youth will reach age 19 without a mentor – constituting a “mentoring gap” that demonstrates a need for collaboration and resources.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters is recognized as the single most effective prevention-based mentoring program in the United States. At-risk children ages 6-15 are carefully matched with caring adult mentors, who help them reach their full potential trough one-to-one relationships built on trust, friendship, consistency, support, and guidance. In a recent national report titled The Mentoring Effect, it has been determined that young people who are mentored show improvements academically, socially, and economically. These types of improvements are a direct result of the investment in our most valuable resource, our community’s children, which will lead to stronger and safer communities.

Locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters is a program of Family Service Agency.

The public is invited to participate in the Start Something Big campaign by visiting


Photo Caption (from left): Big Sister of the Year Tiffany Allen, Family Service Agency Executive Director Lisa Brabo, First District Supervisor Salud Carbajal, Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors.

Contact: Melinda Johansson, (805) 965-1001 x256,,,

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