GROWING ADVOCATES AND LEADERS

Grow your résumé, learn valuable leadership skills, and give back to your community!

PURPOSE

The Defenders of Potential Advocacy and Leadership Development Program (Defenders Program) aims to develop a group of leaders from all walks of life to help us advocate and become a voice for the mission and vision of Big Brothers Big Sisters throughout the community.  

WHAT TO EXPECT

Participants  will not be "BIGs"while they are in the Defenders Program. Instead, we will ask participants to help advocate for the program and our mission, volunteer at various events, help educate the community, and compete with each other in fundraising goals. We want you to become a lifelong advocate of Big Brothers Big Sisters!

 

In addition to various volunteer opportunities, we will hold several classes on various leadership topics that participants can learn from and use throughout their careers. 

DETAILS

The Defenders program is an eight-month program, from April to November.

There is a maximum of 60 participants per Defenders class with three levels of participants:

  • High School Students (at least 16 years of age)

  • Full-Time College Students

  • Career Professionals

 

Each participant will be required to meet volunteer and fundraising goals, but don't worry; we'll provide several fundraising opportunities to help you raise money. We will also provide ideas on ways you can raise money on your own!

There are five events for the program (not including volunteer opportunities):

  1. Initial Meet and Greet & Initiation

  2. Leadership Class 1 

  3. Leadership Class 2 

  4. Leadership Class 3

  5. Recognition and Awards 

Each participant will be asked to pay $10 once admitted into the program to cover the cost of materials.

ATTENDANCE & PARTICIPATION

Participants are required to attend the Initial Meet and Greet to get initiated into the program. Participants can only miss one of the leadership classes. Additionally, we will require at least eight (8) hours of volunteer time.

APPLICATION PROCESS CLASS OF 2022

If you are interested in applying for this program for the class of 2022, please email us at defenders@bbbsca.org with us your name to let us know you're interested in applying. We will then notify you when the application process officially opens for 2022. 

We look forward to working with you!

From left:

Tracy Matson (Executive Director),  Amy Holden (BOD & Defenders Program committee co-chair), Rob Evans (BOD & Defenders Program committee), Tanya Langley (BOD & Defenders Program committee co-chair)

DEFENDERS OF POTENTIAL

ADVOCACY & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

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