For the first time in the organization’s history, the 17 Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) agencies serving the state of California have joined together to launch an inaugural state-wide male recruitment campaign calling for men to “Man Up” and fill the need for male role models for the boys of California. Big Brothers Big Sisters is experiencing a critical need for men to volunteer across the state. More than 70% of children waiting for mentors are boys, but less than four of every 10 new volunteers are men. Boys wait an average of 275 days before being matched with a Big Brother. The situation is more dire in San Diego with boys waiting an average of 18 months. To learn more, visit www.ManUpCalifornia.com or sign up to volunteer at www.SDBigs.org.

If now is not an ideal time for you to volunteer, but you want to make a difference, please consider sponsoring a Big and Little match and donating at www.SDBigs.org. BBBS is a free program to all children who enroll. BBBS is supported almost entirely through private donations and other fundraising activities to support the costs associated with recruiting, screening, matching and fully supporting a successful, safe match.