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New Look. Urgent Mission.

New Look. Urgent Mission.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona along with more than 270 Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliates across the country, today unveiled a new, modern look and brand repositioning with a goal of recruiting more diverse volunteers.

“The need in Southern Arizona for young people to have a role model is more urgent than ever,” said David Simpson, Chief Operating Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters Southern Arizona. “To attract more volunteers of all generations, we needed a modernization of our brand to make an impact in the community and meet the need of the essential work of matching youth with mentors.”

Months of research, including focus groups with potential Bigs, as well as current Bigs, Littles, donors, staff, and leadership showed that the brand was not effectively connecting with younger, prospective mentors or conveying the urgent mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters. The organization is intentionally pivoting from messages of the importance of mentoring, to messages of the urgent need for the adults in the community to step up to defend the potential of every child. The mission will remain the same, as will the core model of building bridges in communities by connecting one adult with one child and supporting that match at every stage, but the organization will focus on a child’s potential, and our role as adults in helping children achieve their best possible futures.

“In our community, we know that youth are facing numerous challenges. Our organization’s new brand is designed to help us ensure we can serve more children in Southern Arizona by recruiting more volunteers,” said Simpson.

The brand repositioning and new look are just the beginning. In the coming year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona will transition to a new, modern, nationwide technology system, participate in new training, and use the new positioning to refocus efforts on recruiting local volunteers.

Learn more about the new brand positioning, the logo or messaging, or how to get involved at Share the new look and follow updates on Facebook: , Instagram: , Twitter: using #BBBS and #soazbigs, #defendersofpotential.

Mentor2.0 – Volunteer Mentoring for College Success


Whether its getting ready for college, identifying career goals or grasping the”softer skills” of life, mentor.2.0 provides the support that high school students need to succeed.

Amphitheater High School has taken the lead in Tucson, guiding students through the research-based mentor2.0 curriculum with the help of volunteers who commit to supporting a single student through their high school years.

Mentors and students build their relationship through weekly online communications and once monthly in-person meetings. It’s a phenomenal experience for students and mentors.

The 2017 school year is fast approaching, and Amphitheater students are gearing up for their second year in the mentoring program. To ensure that every student who wants support gets it, WE NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS. Make this year the year you step up and make an impact, not only for a kid in need and for your community, but for you. Live BIG.




Bigs in Blue Hit the Streets of Tucson

Did you know that there are nearly 200 children in Tucson on the waiting list for a Big Brother or Big Sister? This is why we are so excited to bring Big Brothers Big Sisters’ nationally recognized mentoring program Bigs in Blue to our city.

Bigs in Blue expands on Big Brothers Big Sisters’ one-on-one mentoring program by matching local youth in need with our brave men and women in blue. We all know that law enforcement officers are community heroes, and EVERY child needs a hero.

We’ve seen Bigs in Blue succeed in cities across the country. We’ve seen youth build confidence, learn to respect others and to handle difficult situations, and improve in school. And it’s not just the kids that benefit. Time after time we’re told by our Bigs Brothers and Big Sisters that life is richer with a “Little” by their side.

If you are an officer, love an officer, know an officer, or just pass an officer on the street, make sure you tell them to sign up for Bigs in Blue: Check us out on Facebook, too.

A few hours of time a month can impact the life of a child forever. Hit the streets!

Comcast and Big Brothers Big Sisters Partnership Brings Mentoring to Tucson’s Youth

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson and Comcast NBCUniversal are working together to bring the power of one-to-one mentoring to children at Prince Elementary school.

The national program, known as Beyond School Walls, pairs children in elementary and middle school with Comcast employee volunteers. Following the Big Brothers Big Sisters one-to-one mentoring model, each pair or “match” meet several times a month during school, providing a positive role model and friend for the child.

In 2016 Comcast opened the new Customer Service Center in Tucson, Arizona and quickly began making plans with the local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency to partner with nearby Prince Elementary.

Marie Logan, the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson is thrilled to see this program launch in Tucson, “The Beyond School Walls program is a model partnership, bringing business, non-profit, and education together to strengthen our schools, neighborhoods, and community. The Comcast NBCUniversal team is a committed partner in this program, and the employees volunteering to mentor are exceptional role models for these students. From playing games in the classroom and the playground to helping with homework and talking about subjects important to the kids, the Comcast Bigs are making a difference in the lives of these children.”

Program Specialist for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson, Valerie Propst agrees, “The best day of the week is Wednesday, coming to the school and seeing the kids so excited to see their mentor. It just makes your day and you can see by the expressions on the faces of the kids and the volunteers that this time together makes their day too”.

The relationships built through this mentoring program are life-changing for both our employees and their Littles,” said Dee Knight, Public Relations Manager for Comcast in Utah and Arizona. “Not only do we see these children make improvements in their grades and feelings about education, but our employees value the opportunity to give back to children in their communities.”

For more information about Beyond School Walls and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson please call (520) 624-2447 or go to

About the Comcast Foundation

The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—expanding digital literacy, promoting community service, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated $195 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at


Media Contacts:


Marie Logan



Dee Knight

Cell: 520.345.9792

Help Us Win!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson is one of six area nonprofits selected to compete in the Vantage West Credit Union’s Commitment to Community Campaign which runs from Saturday, September 24, through Monday, November 21.  We are currently competing against five charities in Arizona and need your vote!  The nonprofit receiving the most votes will win a $10,000 grand prize. The runner-up receives $2,500 and the third place winner will receive $1,000.  Voting is open to legal residents 18 years of age and older of the United States. Some restrictions apply and can be found with the Commitment to Community rules at


Each person may vote daily by visiting the Vantage West website, or by mailing a hand-printed 3½” by 5” postcard with contact information. Rich Rodriguez, Head Football Coach for the University of Arizona, is the spokesperson for the Vantage West Commitment to Community Campaign, through the credit union’s partnership with AZ Athletics.  Every time you cast your vote you are automatically entered to win UA merchandize personally autographed by Coach Rodriguez. Winners will be announced weekly. To vote, visit


Make a commitment today and vote for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson!  Set up a calendar reminder to vote daily between September 24 and November 21. Every time you vote it increases our chances for victory and your opportunities to win great prizes. Cast your vote now at

Meet August’s #MentorOfTheMonth, Carolyn Mathews!

BS Carolyn & LS Celeste #3 (KS)

After a brief hiatus, we are happy to return to our #MentorOfTheMonth series, where our program gets the opportunity to recognize extraordinary Bigs! August features Big Sister Carolyn Mathews, with the following written by her Program Coordinator, Karen Lara.

It has almost been three years since Big Sister Carolyn Mathews and Little Sister Celeste were matched. I, for one, have witnessed how strong their friendship is and how deeply they care for one another. During the time they have been matched, Carolyn has gone above and beyond to make Celeste happy.

Education is very important to Carolyn and she likes to make sure Celeste achieves her full potential. One of the most unique qualities about Carolyn is that she is always coming up with very creative outings that focus around learning. For instance, they once had a “science experiment day” and made a dirt volcano with Pepsi and Mentos! Another awesome activity they have done was to select a Nancy Drew mystery and reading several chapters every time they would get together. Their next exciting outing will be going on a cross country drive to Georgia for her niece’s graduation. Both are thrilled about spending a week with each other.

Besides having a good relationship with Celeste, Carolyn also likes to be involved in the program by attending various agency outings and volunteering at our events. They are always one of the first matches to want to lend a hand and love interacting with other program participants.

Something I find to be very cool is that Carolyn and Celeste keep a photobook filled with pictures of all the activities they have done together. They can often look back and remember the good times they’ve shared. They even have a good picture with their Program Coordination if I may add!

It personally makes me very happy to see the interaction between Carolyn and Celeste. When I first met Celeste she was very sweet but shy. I have seen her become a more confident young woman and I credit Carolyn for that. She has been a great example and is always encouraging her to do her best. I can confidently say that their friendship will last a lifetime.

Learn more about becoming a Big here!



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CALLING ALL BIG 10 ALUMNI! If you live in Southern Arizona or are visiting here please join us for the 6th Annual Big Ten Conference Mixer!

Join us Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 4:30 to 7:00 PM at Fox & Hound at Foothills Mall 7625 N. La Cholla Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85741

The mixer is for members and fans of all the B1G TEN CONFERENCE COLLEGES so invite your family and friends to join us also. It will be an afternoon full of raffles, silent auction, games, food, and fun.

In addition, 75% of the proceeds are donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson.

Come enjoy yourself, meet new friends and support our community. There will be plenty of parking and fantastic prizes.

This year we continue a little “friendly” competition before the event and before the football season! Each team will raise as much money as they can before the mixer. There are two categories. Highest total raised and highest average. The winners will be announced at the mixer, August 27th.

CLICK HERE to support your TEAM today!
For more information, contact:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson, 160 E. Alameda St. • Tucson, AZ 85705 520-624-2447ext.105 • 520-624-4882 fax

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson named a finalist for Tucson Chamber Copper Cactus Awards!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson has been selected as a finalist for the Tucson Metro Chamber Copper Cactus Awards presented by Wells Fargo in the category of Tucson Electric Power Charitable Non-Profit Business. Nominees in this category are judged on their exceptional leadership, culture, innovation and growth.

As a leader in youth mentoring, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson’s vision is that all children achieve success in life. To that end, our mission is to provide children and youth facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Our one-to-one mentoring program has proven, direct, and measurable positive impacts on the lives of children and youth. We partner with parents and guardians, volunteers and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoidance of risky behaviors and educational success.

For more details, continue reading the Tucson Metro Chamber press release below:


Contact: Carissa Fairbanks
Communications Director
520.792.2250 x 133

Tucson Metro Chamber Copper Cactus Awards Finalists Named

Tucson, AZ (July 6, 2016) – Forty-nine businesses and five business leaders in Southern Arizona have been selected
as finalists for the Tucson Metro Chamber Copper Cactus Awards presented by Wells Fargo.

“Small businesses do amazing things in our metro area, but often don’t receive the recognition they deserve.
Collectively, small businesses are the biggest employer we have. The Tucson Metro Chamber Copper Cactus Awards
presented by Wells Fargo is a night when the spotlight shines brightly on these companies for all they do to make our
area all that it is.” said Michael Varney, Tucson Metro Chamber president and CEO.
The Tucson Metro Chamber Copper Cactus Awards celebrate the accomplishments and innovation of Southern
Arizona’s small businesses in categories such as work environment, workforce development, community stewardship,
innovation, growth and leadership.

Award categories include:
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Best Place to Work Nominees are judged on their work environment
and the morale of their employees.
Cenpatico Integrated Care Workforce Development Nominees are judged on workforce training,
advancing, promoting people from within; or providing special job-training or exploration opportunities for
individuals with special needs.
CopperPoint Small Business Leader of the Year Nominees are judged on productivity in relation to sales,
creativity and innovation in the workplace and their activity in the community.
Cox Business Growth Nominees will be judged on their gross revenue, employee growth and compensation
expenditure growth.
Nextrio Innovation Nominees are judged based on their creative use of innovative processes or products to
pioneer change in their industry.
Tucson Electric Power Charitable Non-Profit Business Nominees are judged on their exceptional
leadership, culture, innovation and growth.

Nominations were submitted by members of Southern Arizona’s community in support of locally owned small businesses, business leaders and charitable non-profit businesses. To qualify for an award, finalists had to meet the
following criteria:

Nomination criteria
• For-profit business
• More than two years in operation
• Locally owned and operated
• 3 – 250 employees

Charitable Non-Profit Business Award nomination criteria
• 501 (c)(3) charitable non-profit business operating in
Southern Arizona
• More than two years in operation
• Total revenue: $50,000 – $10,000,000

2016 Tucson Metro Chamber Copper Cactus Awards Finalists include:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Best Place to Work
Agape Hospice & Palliative Care
Agility Spine and Sports Physical Therapy
Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR
Metro Title Agency of Arizona
Nuanced Media
Pinnacle Plan Design
Raging Sage Coffee Roasters
Remedy Staffing
The Hotel Congress
The Lodge at Ventana Canyon Golf & Racquet Club
Trico Electric Cooperative

Cenpatico Integrated Care Workforce Development

DK Advocates
Keegan, Linscott & Kenon
Linkages Experience
Simply Clean & Green
The Solar Store

CopperPoint Small Business Leader of the Year

Darren & Eliza Bayliss, Maximum Impact Physical Therapy Services
Mitch Pisik, TM International
James A. Tress, Westland Resources
Bert Williams, Williams & Associates
Donald Zipperian, PACE Technologies

Cox Business Growth

Apex Window & Bath Accessories
Farhang & Medcoff
Micro Import Service
Northwest Pet Clinic
Port of Tucson
Re-Bath of Tucson
Total Care Connections
Undisputed Fitness & Training Center

Nextrio Innovation

InduraPower / Elitise
Mobile Care Management
Old Tucson Company
Sinfonia Rx
Sundt Construction
The Hacienda at the River by Watermark

Tucson Electric Power Charitable Non-Profit Business

390th Memorial Museum
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Arizona’s Children Association
Big Brother Big Sisters of Tucson
Eagles Wings of Grace
Educational Enrichment Foundation
Humane Society of Southern Arizona
Make Way for Books
Our Family Services
Reid Park Zoological Society
Rialto Theatre Foundation
Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome
The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary
Tohono Chul
Tucson Youth Development

The Tucson Metro Chamber Copper Cactus Awards is presented by Wells Fargo and co-sponsored by Casino Del Sol Resort, Cenpatico and Intuit.

The awards will be presented on Friday, September 9 at Casino Del Sol Resort. Cocktails will begin at 5:00 p.m. followed by dinner and the awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. and Copper Cactus After Hours Celebration at 9:00 p.m.

This celebration is open to the public and tickets can be purchased at

About The Tucson Metro Chamber
The mission of the Tucson Metro Chamber is to promote a strong local economy resulting in business growth, ample employment and improving quality of life for all citizens. The Chamber is a membership-based business advocacy and networking organization that represents more than 1,500 businesses, employing more than 160,000 employees in the Greater Tucson area.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Announces Launch of New High School Mentoring Program, mentor2.0.


June 9, 2016

Katie Kernodle
AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson

Big Brothers Big Sisters Announces Launch of New High School Mentoring Program, mentor2.0.

Tucson, AZ – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson has announced the launch of mentor2.0, a new program designed to provide local high school students with mentors who help them develop the leadership, career, and social skills needed to graduate high school college-ready.

Mentor2.0, set to begin in the fall of 2016 at Amphi High School, takes the core of Big Brothers Big Sisters programs, including the emphasis on one-to-one mentoring and the role of professional support, and builds upon them through technology-enriched curricula. This model, created by iMentor and used by Big Brothers Big Sisters in mentor2.0 programs throughout the nation, allows for more flexibility in mentor-mentee communication and reduces the in-person time commitment for volunteers to just once per month. Applications of this model in other cities have demonstrated significant increases in on-time high school graduation, college acceptance, enrollment, and persistence rates.

Over 50 responsible and dedicated volunteers will be needed to match with the first cohort of high school freshmen. Big Brothers Big Sisters requires these mentors to live in the area, be over 21 years of age, and possess an associates’ degree or higher. Mentor2.0 volunteers should be able to commit to 3-4 year matches in which they communicate with their mentee via email once per week and attend monthly events. Because of these high standards, relationships established and maintained in this program will have a remarkable impact on the students, changing their lives for the better, forever.

Those interested in learning more about mentor2.0 are encouraged to go to, or call (520) 624-8447.

Mentor2.0 is made possible by a grant from The Centurions of Tucson.


About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson
Our vision is that all children achieve success in life. To that end, our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. We partner with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships, avoidance of risky behaviors and educational success.


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