As Orange County's premier youth mentoring organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes professionally supported, one-to-one matches between mentors ("Bigs") and children ("Littles") facing adversity. The nonprofit serves more than 4,000 matches annually through programs that improve the odds of youth performing better in school and avoiding violence and illegal activities. Through mentoring, the organization aims to decrease the number of disconnected youth in Orange, Riverside and San Bernadino counties.
Angelitos de Oro is the largest fundraising group in the history of the nonprofit, contributing more than $6.5 million to-date for life-changing youth mentoring programs. In recent years, the auxiliary has put a specific focus on funding the High School Bigs program, which not only supports young children in need but also encourages a philanthropic spirit in high school students. Through High School Bigs, qualified teen volunteers are matched one-to-one with children at local elementary schools and meet once a week at each site, focusing on academic achievement, bullying, self-esteem, and relationship-building.
To commemorate the card's 15th anniversary in 2016, BBBS renamed the longstanding High School Bigs of the Year award in honor of the auxiliary group for its profound impact on the children and teens who come through the program.
For more information, visit ocbigs.org.