Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Puget Sound

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Our professional case management supervision sets Big Brothers Big Sisters apart from all other mentoring programs. Through consistent contact, a case manager monitors the progress of the one-to-one Big/Little match, evaluates the effectiveness of the match, and offers support where necessary. This support is the key to building longer and stronger matches which result in positive outcomes for the child and the community.


Our mentoring programs support the comprehensive needs of young people, helping them do better in school. We have strong research-based evidence reflecting that youth in Big Brothers Big Sisters achieve positive outcomes in three key areas linked to the path for high school graduation:


1.           Socio-emotional competency

2.           Avoidance of risky behaviors, and

3.           School-related performance including scholastic competency, educational expectations, grades, attendance, and behavior.


Our program efficacy is measured with every child. Success in strengthening developmental assets is measured as improving or maintaining outcomes such as self-esteem, relationship with parents and/or peers, attitudes toward school, and improved cooperative behavior.


We provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. It is our vision that all children achieve success in life. We hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving higher aspirations, gaining confidence to overcome challenges, improving relationships with family and community, and obtaining educational success by staying in school and graduation.

Community Impact

Earlier this year Arne Duncan, Department of Education Secretary, announced the graduation rate for high school students reached a high of 80% in 2013. Local graduation numbers, especially from districts with a large number of low-income students still fall far short. In particular Tukwila Schools (59.8%) and Highline Schools (65.8%) are struggling to help each child succeed. High school graduates live longer and are less likely to be teen parents, commit crimes, rely on government health care, or use other public services such as food stamps or housing assistance.” Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound (BBBSPS) has a long history of helping the children facing these less than ideal statistics through our quality mentoring programs. By targeting our services to at-risk children within each community, we help those most likely to struggle with school performance, and graduation.

Board Members

Brett Alston, Managing Partner
RedCloud Consulting

Timothy Barber, Executive Vice President Europe
Expeditors International

Kris Beason, Vice President
Hitt Contracting Inc.

Jenifer (Carter) Bitzer, Vice-President
USI Kibble & Prentice

Dan Brenner, Principal
Bain & Company

Terry Cook, Managing Director – Investments
UBS Private Wealth Management

Jeff Davis, Principal
Davis Property & Investment

Rich DePencier, Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Outsiders

Nicole Engle, Primary Shareholder
Saltchuk Resources, Inc.

Alan Fisco, President
The Seattle Times

Ian Flatt, Principal
Mercer Consulting

Melvin Flowers, Corporate Vice-President

Peter Fonfara, Director of Finance
Seattle Seahawks

Brett Hartzell, Executive Vice President

Secretary Brian Hayden, Principal
Flinn Ferguson Corporate Real Estate

Maurice James, Senior Director

Curtis Kopf, Chief Information Officer

Engel Lee, Director, Contracts & Utilities
City of Seattle

Justin Leggett, Stylist

Mike Maroni, Market Executive
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith

Jason Mesnick, Residential Specialist
Compass Real Estate

Julie Newell, Community Volunteer – Attorney

Pat Ogawa, Managing Director
Deloitte Digital

Lavanya Sareen, Managing Director
Alaska Air

Chair Chelsey Owen, President
10th Muse Group

Bryce Phillips, Founder & CEO

Dan Rosales, Financial Advisor
Northwestern Mutual

Peter Saladino, President
Charter Construction

Lavanya Sareen, Managing Director
Alaska Air

Brandon Schaefer, Audit Partner

Treasurer Cory Stewart, Senior Vice-President
Washington Federal

Ray Szylko, Chief Strategist Officer & Co-Founder

Alisha White, Director, Global Sales Contracts

Joni Wickline, Vice-President
The Ken Blanchard Companies


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