Bigs With Badges

Bigs with Badges is a one-to-one mentoring program that connects youth with law enforcement officers and first responders to build lasting relationships.  The result impacts the lives of at-risk children by fostering strong bonds founded on trust and understanding.

Bigs with Badges helps children see officers in a positive light and fosters trust between young people and law enforcement officers, officers are not going into a neighborhood to make an arrest, they’re going to form a bond and to build a friendship.

Bigs with Badges benefits law enforcement officers and first responders just as much as the children they mentor.  Volunteers in the program report that serving as a Big has given them a much deeper understanding of the communities they protect and has reconnected them with their mission in service.

Wells Fargo and Radoslovich | Shapiro became the Founding Partners to launch the Bigs with Badges initiative in April 2018 our local agency.  

“Rather than focusing on what is wrong with our community, let us focus on what we can do better for our community. If I can inspire someone with a badge and heart to step up to support and enrich the youth, I will be one happy woman. ‘Be the change you want to see in the world.'”

Vanessa, Big Sister & Sergeant
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

“Mario is such a positive influence and role model in Antonio’s life. Whether they’re talking about all of life’s choices and then discussing how it’s easier to make good choices, Mario encourages Antonio. Each time they’re together, Antonio is reminded that he can be anything and do anything he puts his mind to through hard work, commitment and dedication. Their relationship is truly one-of-a-kind! We are blessed and so very grateful to BBBS for putting us together.”

Patti
Antonio’s Grandmother

“Mario is such a positive influence and role model in Antonio’s life. Whether they’re talking about all of life’s choices and then discussing how it’s easier to make good choices, Mario encourages Antonio. Each time they’re together, Antonio is reminded that he can be anything and do anything he puts his mind to through hard work, commitment and dedication. Their relationship is truly one-of-a-kind! We are blessed and so very grateful to BBBS for putting us together.”

Patti
Antonio’s Grandmother

We are truly grateful to that Wells Fargo and Radoslovich Shapiro became the Founding Partners for our Bigs with Badges movement in April 2018.

“Wells Fargo is so proud to be one of the founding sponsors of the Bigs with Badges program here in the Greater Sacramento region. The Bigs with Badges program is timely and needed – connecting committed high caliber law enforcement men and women with young people who are the key to our collective success. It is a perfect match.”

Kären Woodruff, Vice President of Corporate Philanthropy & Community Relations
Vice President of Corporate Philanthropy & Community Relations

 

“I was one of those kids that had a really tough time as a teenager, a very difficult time when I was a teenager,” said Radoslovich. “I ran away from home, slept in parks made juvenile choices like hitting a cop with a lemon and was even arrested. If it wasn’t for someone who timely intervened in my life to mentor me I would have never finished school or law school for that matter and that was strictly by accident. I’m proud to become a founding partner of this very important program for our community to provide youth with the opportunity of mentorship.”

Frank Radoslovich, Partner
Radoslovich | Shapiro, PC

 

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