Anderson Children's Foundation

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert

Youth One-to-One Mentoring (2021-2022, 2020-2021, 2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2015-2016)

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert is to provide Coachella Valley children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better.

Our vision is that all children achieve success in life. To accomplish this vision and mission, we partner with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving:

  • Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
  • Avoidance of risky behaviors
  • Educational success

We offer program services to Coachella Valley youth from 6-18 years old using rigorous procedures to insure the safety of each child served. The development of a match relationship requires a professional support system led by our Program Service staff who have achieved a certification in Child Safety and Youth Development from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

We offer 2 core programs for Coachella Valley youth: Community and Site based mentoring. The Community-Based Bigs and Littles meet on a regular basis (4 to 8 hours a month for a minimum of a year) and spend time sharing interests and hobbies and doing things in the community like attending sporting events, homework assistance, movies, hiking, bike riding or swimming. Our Site-Based matches meet at 1 of 4 Boys & Girls Clubs to mentor.

Funding from the Anderson Children’s Foundation will support our Site-based Mentoring program in Desert Hot Springs working with the children who attend the Boys & Girls Club after-school and during the summer with a positive role model by matching them with a High School Big (mentor). This program not only impacts the lives of the children being mentored but provides an opportunity for Desert Hot Springs High School students with a positive activity after-school and summer hours so they avoid making poor choices and getting into trouble. Our High School Bigs tell us their experience mentoring a child has helped them gain self-esteem, develop leadership skills and provides them with ideas for future careers and educational paths.

In 2020-2021, funding from the Anderson Children’s Foundation will focus on keeping our Big/Little matches connected with each other during this COVID crisis utilizing innovative and creative programs and support through phone calls, text messages, digital learning platforms and other technology enabled engagement tools. Funding will allow us to provide ongoing support, child safety, mentor training and guidance to our Bigs and Littles as we transition to virtual mentoring.