Celebrate Our Independence!
As of July 1, 2019 we became independent from the Big Brother Big Sisters of America affiliate. What this means…
For over 37 years we have served this community as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Livingston County (BBBSLC); as of July 1, 2019 we will be known as Mentor Livingston (ML). Our local Board of Directors has voted to dissolve our affiliation with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) and continue our mentoring program as an independent organization, providing youth mentoring services in Livingston County.
The decision to separate from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) was primarily driven by economics and local needs. While leaving a national organization means walking away from a well-known brand name, it also means more control over how the dollars we raise are spent. Funds for annual affiliate fees and travel costs will remain local and be invested in our Livingston County programs. Additionally, we do not anticipate any significant increase in operational costs as a result of the separation.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) model of one-to-one mentoring requires strict adherence to Standards of Practice for all affiliates. Continued expansion of our successful school-based programs like Big Futures, Lunch Buddies, and Rockin’ Readers, which were at risk under these standards, will be possible. After carefully considering our community’s mentoring needs, we concluded that we needed to move in a different direction.
We are proud of our partnership with BBBSA and take with us the knowledge and experience gained from being part of this mentoring network. We will apply all that we have gained from our former relationship with BBBSA and will continue to offer our life-changing relationships to the youth in our community. We are excited to be able to continue to provide quality, professionally supported mentoring to the youth of Livingston County.