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On October 18th, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Fresno City Hall to commemorate a new program called Bigs in Blue, which is a partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California and Fresno County law enforcement agencies.

Staff members of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, Fresno Police Department, Fresno County Probation Department and Fresno County District Attorney’s Office have volunteered to participate in Bigs in Blue.  This program is focused on building relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve.  It provides each child with a one-to-one mentoring relationship with a law enforcement officer and in so doing, builds a bridge between the community and law enforcement.  As part of Bigs in Blue, volunteers are asked to make a minimum commitment; meeting with a child during their school lunch period once a week for one year.  The designated campuses are located in the Fresno Unified, Central Unified, Sanger Unified and Selma Unified School Districts.

  

Big Brothers Big Sisters recruits and enrolls caring volunteers using the following criteria: 

• Those who work in the public safety sector, are over 18 and have a caring heart

• Someone who can commit to 2 - 4 lunch meetings a month for one year

 

A great majority of the children Big Brothers Big Sisters serve, come from non-traditional households.  LITTLES paired with mentors are shown to receive these benefits:

• Greater tolerance

• Improved social skills

• Improved academic skills

• Improved school attendance 

• Increased self-esteem

You do not need to be a member of law enforcement in order to partner with Big Brothers Big Sister.  If you are interested in being a mentor to a child, please visit http://www.bigs.org/

 

Contact Information

Tony Botti
Public Information Officer
(559) 600-8137
(559) 977-0379
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