Big Brothers, big sisters of Nevada County wants you to start something BIG this holiday By taking a pledge to help change the life of a child for the better. Dena Valin, the Executive Director of Nevada County’s Big Brothers, Big Sisters, says it costs the agency an average of $1,200 per child annually to match him or her with a mentor and provide supervision and support to the mentoring match for the duration of their relationship. Community members are asks to make a tax deductable donation by the end of the year. Valin explains how the donations are used.
“Background checks, we have professional staff that walk everyone through the entire process of enrolling into our program and then they take the time to find a really good fit between the mentor and the child and that just helps the relationship work really well and last a really long time.”
Valin says the effect a mentor has on a child can be life changing.
“Children who are failing in school and headed down the wrong path now graduating high school and doing great things with their lives. Kids who are really introverted coming out of their shells and making good friends. It’s just a good thing, mentoring. People have no idea. A lot of these kids need someone to look up to and who will listen when they need someone to listen to them.”
To make your donation, make out a check and mail it to: BBBS of Nevada County P.O. Box 1362 Grass Valley, CA 95945