SAN DIEGO (Dec. 2, 2015) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County (BBBS of SDC) announced its “2015 Corporate Partner of the Year”, Millennium Health, and its “2015 Community Partner of the Year”, Council President Pro Tem Marti Emerald and staff. BBBS of SDC is pleased to recognize those outstanding partners who have made a significant impact in the lives of San Diego youth and in the promotion and support of the San Diego mentoring movement.
Millennium Health, a San Diego-based health solutions company, led by its CEO and BBBS of SDC Board Member, Brock Hardaway, contributed a substantial donation to create Beyond School Walls STEM. It’s the first program of its kind in San Diego that offers children in underserved communities exposure to quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education while providing one-to-one mentorship. In addition to the STEM Sister-2-Sister program at its headquarters, Millennium also funded programs at three other sites, including Qualcomm/Cisco, Biocom and ViaSat.
The STEM Sister-2-Sister program pairs caring adult women with young girls, who live in high-risk gang territories, to provide mentoring and nurturing relationships in an effort to counter the active recruitment of 11- to 13-year-old girls lured into human trafficking through gangs. According to a 2012 National Gang Intelligence Center report, in San Diego County, juvenile prostitution is the second most profitable gang activity, surpassed only by drug dealing. Millennium has partnered with Del Dios Academy of Arts and Science, located in Escondido, for its proximity to its headquarters and the need of this type of program in that area.
“Every child should have the opportunity to reach her full potential, and with the help of our dedicated team of employees who have become Big Sisters in the Beyond School Walls STEM Sister-2-Sister program, we are making a significant, positive impact in these young girls’ lives,” said Hardaway.
Council President Pro Tem Marti Emerald and her staff are BBBS of SDC’s Community Partners of the Year for their significant support in the relocation of BBBS of SDC local headquarters. Since announcing the agency’s intention to relocate the headquarters to one of its critical service areas, City Heights, Emerald and her dedicated team led a collective of City Council members to support a move into the Price Charities building, providing critical funding without which the move would not have been possible.
In addition, Council President Pro Tem Emerald and staff have lent their support through attendance at BBBS of SDC’s headquarters open house, local recruitment events and even lending their network to help recruitment efforts of male and Spanish-speaking volunteers to help reduce the number of children on the wait list for a mentor.
“City Heights is ground zero for trauma in our city, so when Big Brothers Big Sisters wanted to relocate their local headquarters to City Heights, I welcomed the opportunity to support making that a reality. Big Brothers Big Sisters is now better situated to provide Mid-City families the wrap around support they need, both here and across the county,” said Council President Pro Tem Marti Emerald.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County:
For more than 50 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County has operated under the belief that every child has the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children achieve measurable positive outcomes, including educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; higher aspirations; greater confidence; and healthier relationships. By partnering with parents and guardians, schools, corporations and other community members, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) to monitor and support one-to-one mentoring matches that build safe, enduring relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often from single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong, enduring, professionally-supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change lives for the better.
Locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves children ages 7-21 through seven distinct programs: Amachi (a program for children with an incarcerated parent), High School Bigs (after school 1:1 mentoring programs), Community Mentoring (the traditional 1:1 mentoring program), Operation Bigs (a program serving children with active military parents), Big Futures (education and career support), Beyond School Walls STEM and Sister2Sister (a workplace mentoring program) and Sports Bigs (a sports and active lifestyle mentoring program). Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life, donate or volunteer today at www.SDBigs.org, or call (858) 536-4900.