Northwest NEWS

September 18, 2000

Front Page

Big Bother/Sister opens office in Woodinville


by Becky Nixon
   Staff Reporter
   On Wednesday September 13, Woodinville Mayor Randy Ransom cut the ribbon in the opening ceremony for the new Eastside office of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of King and Pierce Counties in Woodinville.
   "Woodinville welcomes Big Brothers/Big Sisters to the city and the community. We are looking forward to a lasting relationship and partnership," said Mayor Ransom.
   "The staff is energized and anxious to get out into the community," said Crisann Brooks, program supervisor of the new Eastside office.
   Woodinville Jack in the Box gave a donation check to the new facility, as did Redwood Hills Church of Woodinville. BBBSKPC is a non-profit organization, and funding is provided by donation and yearly fund-raising events.
   As single parenthood soars, BBBSKPC's mentoring program fills a void in children's lives. In Washington state, one out of every four children resides in a single parent home. The emotional support provided by a second parent contributes to self-esteem, security, and aspiration in children. Young people who do not have examples, education or opportunities to succeed in the world today are not prepared to provide, protect and mentor their own children.
   The need for a mentoring program such as BBBSKC has been documented in a study by Public/Private ventures, a national research firm. Examining the impact of mentoring with youth found that Little Brothers and Little Sisters who met regularly with their Big were:
   ( 46 percent less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs
   ( 70 percent less likely for minority children to start using illegal drugs
   ( 27 percent less likely to start drinking
   ( 52 percent less likely to skip a day of school
   ( 37 percent more trusting of their parent or guardian; earned higher grades in school; and felt better about school
   ( 30 percent less likely to hit someone
   ( getting along better with their peers
   Big Brothers and Big Sisters of King/Pierce County have over 70 years experience providing support to youth in the community.
   BBBSKC is currently serving over 850 active matches, along with 300 children waiting to be matched. With so many little Brothers and Sisters on the waiting list, volunteers are