Community Action Network
We can engage partnerships and ignite progress.
We can empower a movement through mentorship.
We can unite through service and change lives
for the better, forever…
BBBS Community Action Network (CAN)
Unite, engage, and empower the BBBS community to create a national impact through sharing best practices, collaborating on strategic initiatives, and serving as leaders for the organization.
BBBS volunteers across the country are united, engaged, and empowered through mentorship to create a national impact.
The Community Action Network will be comprised of leaders of BBBS Young Leaders Councils from across the country.
Are you a current member of a BBBS Young Leaders Council, a staff member with BBBS, or interested in forming your own Young Leaders Council? We want to connect with you!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County
Hometown: Yuba City, CA
Current City: San Diego, CA
College/University and/or Advanced Degrees (if applicable): Point Loma Nazarene University
Career: I am a financial planner and am currently getting my CFP® designation from San Diego State University.
Years involved with BBBS: I am currently a Big Brother and YPC board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County. I have been matched with my Little brother, Jackson, since 2012.
Why you got involved with BBBS: I was looking for a way to get involved in the community and wanted to do something that would have a direct impact on someone's life.
Most exciting thing you did this past year: One of the most exciting things I did this past year was propose to my fiancé, Alyc. We are currently planning our wedding and will be tying the knot in April.
Passion project you are working on: One goal I have for BBBS is to create an Alumni group in San Diego that would eventually become a nationwide platform to connect all the Big and adult Little Alumni across the country.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles
Hometown: Boca Raton, FL
Current City: Santa Monica, CA
College/University and/or Advanced Degrees (if applicable): Scripps College
Career: Digital advertising
Years involved with BBBS: Since 2015
Why you got involved with BBBS: I wanted to fulfill the role I never had before as a big sister!
Most exciting thing you did this past year: I spent a week volunteering, exploring, and brushing up on my Spanish skills at an eco-hotel/school in Masaya, Nicaragua with some work colleagues in February 2017.
What you are looking forward to most in this next year: I'm looking forward to my next travel adventure, which is to be determined :)
Passion project you are working on: I'm writing a blog catered to youth mentors in LA. Check it out at mentorlosangeles.com!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Current City: Atlanta, GA
College/University and/or Advanced Degrees (if applicable): University of Georgia; Goizueta Business School, Emory University
Career: Non-Profit Development/Fundraising
Years involved with BBBS: 8 years
Why you got involved with BBBS: When I moved to Los Angeles after college, I wanted to find a way to truly feel engaged with my new community, while helping girls understand their potential, connect with their unique and powerful strengths, and achieve their goals.
Most exciting thing you did this past year: In July of 2016, I embarked on a life-changing journey with a select group of mentors and our mentees to build a school in Kone, Senegal. We had the opportunity to enhance the community through education. During our African adventure, our group of inspiring volunteers was equipped with courage and integrity. We experienced tears of joy, feelings of gratitude, and memories we relive every day. I rediscovered a passion for international travel and the power of human connection through our AmeriKone family.
What you are looking forward to most in this next year: This Fall, I began pursuing my MBA at Goizueta Business School with Emory University and cannot wait to further equip myself to effectively make a positive impact in my community.
Passion project you are working on: The BBBS Community Action Network is my passion project. I am so excited to solidify the foundation of this incredible network of mentors to deepen and expand the BBBS mission.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chicago
Hometown: Crystal Lake, Illinois
Current City: Chicago, Illinois and am involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago
College/University and/or Advanced Degrees (if applicable): I graduated from University of Iowa (double major in Finance and Accounting) in December 2014.
Career: I spent a little over 2 years working for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in its Investment Banking Division and currently work for Sterling Partners (Chicago-based Private Equity firm).
Years involved with BBBS: I have been involved with BBBS for a little over 2 years as a Big and a member of the Leadership Board.
Why you got involved with BBBS: Initially, I joined as a Big to provide mentorship to disadvantaged kids in hopes of helping them achieve their personal and professional goals. I became interested in the Leadership Board shortly after, in order to help influence the direction of an organization with such a large impact on the Chicago community.
Most exciting thing you did this past year: The opportunity to work on a few membership engagement initiatives as part of the Board Development Committee was the most exciting project I worked on this past year.
What you are looking forward to most in this next year: I am looking forward to sharing best practices and working on some projects with CAN that can help impact the overall direction of such an influential organization.
Passion project you are working on: My passion project is to help disadvantaged kids in Chicago realize their potential, which could ultimately help reduce crime rates in a city that desperately needs help.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City
Hometown: West Lafayette, IN
Current City: New York, NY (moving to Denver, CO in October)
College/University and/or Advanced Degrees (if applicable): Indiana University
Years involved with BBBS: 7 years
Why you got involved with BBBS: Mentorship has played such a huge role in my life, and I saw an awesome opportunity to get involved in being that for other people. And really, it goes way back to when I was a kid and my Mom was on the Board of Directors in Lafayette. She would bring me every year to the Bowl-a-Thon and have me carry around Coke bottles one at a time for teams that got strikes. I got to see how incredible this organization is then, and it just was a must do as soon as I was eligible.
Most exciting thing you did this past year: Wow. Big year. I went on a transformational three week trip to South America alone and thought of the idea for my adventure coaching business, left my corporate job and went skydiving for the first time.
What you are looking forward to most in this next year: Really getting to know and grow in Denver. A romantic relationship that’s awesome. The first adventure coaching trip. Growing my real estate business. Having CAN be a kickass organization that makes a huge difference for the kids we serve and the volunteers that make this all work.
Passion project you are working on: Well this IS my passion project, and I would say that playing the saxophone again is my project as well. I want to start / find a fun jam band to play with in Denver once I get there.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana
Hometown: Edmonton, KY
Current City: Louisville, KY
College/University and/or Advanced Degrees (if applicable): Bachelor of Arts in Corporate and Organizational Communication from Western Kentucky University
Career: Physician Account Executive with Quest Diagnostics; I have been in sales since college.
Years involved with BBBS: 18 months
Why you got involved with BBBS: I initially considered to become a big sister after hearing from an acquaintance about his positive experience as a Big Brother. I'd been wanting to find an opportunity to get involved in my community. A few weeks later, a radio ad reminded me about BBBS and I attended a Big orientation, which inspired me to move forward. A few months after being matched, I inquired if I could assist with planning fundraising events and was introduced to our young professionals group, the Big Leadership Team (BLT).
Most exciting thing you did this past year: A tie between my first trip to California on a girls vacation and having box seats at the Kentucky Derby
What you are looking forward to most in this next year: A three-way tie between expanding my role with Big Brother Big Sisters through my new position as the Events Committee Chair for the Big Leadership Team and developing a new Casino Night fundraiser; being a member of the inaugural cohort of BBBS CAN and helping to develop this organization; continuing to expand my thus far limited travels!
Passion project you are working on: Landscaping! I purchased my first home two years ago that has been an exciting opportunity for many DIY home improvements. It has a jungle of a backyard that I am working hard to tame and each season brings a new exciting stage. Bonus Passion Project: Learning to cook with my new indoor herb garden and outdoor vegetable garden!