SACRAMENTO – April 26, 2018 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area, in association with founding partners Radoslovich Shapiro PC and Wells Fargo Bank, has launched Bigs with Badges, a local component of a national initiative of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Bigs with Badges connects youth facing adversity with law enforcement officers and first responders to build one-to-one mentoring relationships.
A press conference was held on April 26, 2018 at Sacramento City Hall to announce this incredible partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area and local law enforcement, government leaders and founding partners Radoslovich Shapiro PC and Wells Fargo Bank. Speakers and supporters of the initiative included:
- Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg
- Woodland Mayor Enrique Fernandez
- Rancho Cordova Mayor Linda Budge
- Sacramento Police Captain Charles Husted
- Sacramento Vice Mayor Steve Hansen
- West Sacramento Police Chief Thomas McDonald
- Woodland Police Captain Derrek Kaff
- Rancho Cordova Assistant Police Chief Chad Lewis
- Sacramento County Probation Chief Deputy Jim Sanders
- Kären Woodruff, Wells Fargo Foundation
- Kitty O’Neal, KFBK
- Patrick Harbison, Patrick Harbison Public Relations
- Sacramento City Councilmember Jay Schenirer
- West Sacramento City Councilmember Quirina Orozco
- Sacramento Coalition of Minority Probation Officers
- Lt. Rob Smith of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Dept.
Big Brothers Big Sisters frequently has a waiting list of over 100 children, and in order to reach each of these young people the agency has sought creative new ways to recruit mentors, including the Bigs with Badges program. Bigs with Badges fosters trust between young people and law enforcement officers, and the intended outcome of this program is to pair at-risk children with an adult mentor and increase communication between law enforcement and youth.
ABOUT BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF THE GREATER SACRAMENTO AREA
For 55 years, Big Brothers Big Sister of Greater Sacramento has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers “Bigs” and children “Littles,” ages 8-18. Our mission is to help children reach their potential through one-to-one relationships with impactful mentors. It is our vision that successful mentoring relationships can be achieved for all children who need and want them, contributing to brighter futures, better schools, and stronger communities.