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Doing Nothing Is Not An Option

posted Jan 19, 2011, 10:46 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 19, 2011, 10:48 AM ]

Ventura County Star

Originally published 10:59 a.m., January 18, 2011
Updated 10:59 a.m., January 18, 2011

With a new year comes renewed hope for our future, as individuals, families, and communities and as a nation. The timing could not be better for us to “Start Something” and make a difference in Ventura County.

Last year’s release of the film, “Waiting for Superman,” was a sobering wake-up call that our nation faces a crisis, which is draining productivity and already limited resources. As we grapple for solutions – more funding for schools, better training for teachers, more involvement from parents – research points to something that we know works, at least as part of the solution – quality mentoring.

Longstanding independent studies widely quoted by mentoring advocates and programs find children enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters’ long-term mentoring programs are more likely than their peers to earn higher grades and are less likely to skip classes and school days, factors linked to high school graduation. Not surprisingly, the same studies find children in long-term quality “matches” are also more likely than their peers to avoid violent and unhealthy behaviors and more likely to have positive relationships with their parents and others. Most children enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County come from either single, low-income or have incarcerated parents or are in the foster care system.

Now in our 40th year of service in Ventura County we also celebrate the 10th anniversary of National Mentoring Month. As we mark these milestones, Big Brothers Big Sisters is urging adults to Start Something to help kids succeed in and out of school. By going to, you can pledge to do what works for you – from donating to sharing stories about what quality mentoring achieves, to volunteering – to help children beat the odds.

Big Brothers Big Sisters believes we can all “Start Something” to make Ventura County stronger by supporting families, schools and communities to get and keep kids on the right track. Mentoring isn’t about taking time out of your life but IS about bringing a child alongside your life. If you cannot be a mentor than become a donor. What better time than now to “Start Something?” For more information on how you can help, go to

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