A STATEMENT FROM BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS:
Our mission centers on bringing people together, seeing the strengths in our differences, and working together to defend the potential of youth. Right now, that potential is being threatened.
We live in a country where intolerable acts by people in authority and power undermine our fragile social fabric and threaten the safety of members of our communities. Our communities of color - Littles, Bigs, supporters, staff, families, donors, and friends are suffering. We cannot stay silent.
We must continue to stand up for what is right and to empower the voices of our youth. We must come together to work toward positive change in our neighborhoods, our city, and our nation to bring about real, systemic change and to create a more just and equitable society for everyone. This is what we do – this is why Big Brothers Big Sisters exists – this is our mission.
We must continue to not just talk to those so deeply affected, but to listen and learn from them, and to make sure our words and promises are reflected in our actions. We must fight against racism, violence and hatred in all its forms to contribute to any kind of meaningful change.
We cannot change the past but we can certainly learn from this and do our part to make necessary changes for a more equitable future for all, especially the children we serve. We are in this together - now and always.