In partnership with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and the United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County Westside Unit is seeking senior volunteers aged 55 and older to participate in its “Boomer Bigs” program. Whether retired, an empty nester, or just looking to give back, seniors can make a difference in a child’s life by becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister to a young person at the Westside Boys & Girls Club.
“The Boomer Bigs program benefits the seniors as much as it does the youth,” said Lisa Brabo, Executive Director of Family Service Agency, which operates the BBBS program in Santa Barbara County. “Children learn from the vast wisdom and expertise of their mentors who help them focus on academics and as well as future goals. In exchange, senior volunteers receive tremendous personal rewards and health benefits.”
Studies show that youth enrolled in BBBS programs are more likely than their peers to perform better in school, behave non-violently, avoid illegal drugs and alcohol and have stronger family relationships.
Michael Baker, CEO for The United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County said, “We are thrilled to collaborate with Big Brothers and Big Sisters. This program will help our kids reach their potential.”
For more information, contact Mariela Perkins at (805) 965-1001 ext.238 or visit SBBIGS.org.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Barbara County
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Santa Barbara County is a program of Family Service Agency, which responds to the urgent needs of the community’s at-risk youth by offering powerful adult mentoring relationships for at-risk youth ages 6 to 18. Locally last year, 77% of participating youth improved academic performance, 95% avoided delinquency, 78% improved their relationships with peers and family members.