Big Brothers Big Sisters Celebrates Two Thousand Matches in SLO County!

must! charities partner Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo celebrated its 2000th mentor match when they introduced Domenick Burrell (age 6) to his new Big Brother, Robert Mariani (age 40), this month. Domenick’s mom requested a mentor who is “successful in his career and life” and who can “help guide Domenick to choose a good path.” Robert, a Cal Poly grad, Elks Lodge member and broker with Diamond Realty in San Luis Obispo has very limited experience working with youth but is “excited about helping out and giving back.” Together, Domenick and Robert look forward to exploring outdoor activities in the Little Brother’s home town of Atascadero and building a relationship based on their shared interest in sports.

Big Brother Robert and Little Brother DomenickLike all the area youth served by the acclaimed non-profit, Domenick’s chances of overcoming numerous challenges and fulfilling his potential are greatly improved by his participation in the program. Studies show that mentors like Robert help youth reduce high-risk behaviors and achieve their academic goals.

Domenick waited only 9 weeks for a mentor, significantly less that the average local wait time of 18 months for boys and 12 months for girls. The speed with which the agency was able to serve Domenick, and reach the landmark goal of 2,000 matches is due in large part to a generous grant from must! Charities, which is being used to grow the program in North County communities, which have been under-served over the last two decades.

Currently, seventy-five children are waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister county-wide. Call now (805) 781-3226 to be the 2,001st match!