Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity
At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass & MetroWest, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) is an integral part of our values and mission. We recognize, affirm, and celebrate the diverse backgrounds, lives, and experiences of all of our stakeholders, including youth, families, donors, volunteers, and staff. We ensure the opportunity for all voices and perspectives to be heard and honored. In the workplace, we foster an environment where all people can be their best selves. We affirm that every person [regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation, marital or veteran status] has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We strive to realize the full potential that is within all of us by ensuring that all voices and perspectives are heard and honored.
The mission of the Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force is to recruit and retain staff and volunteers (in all capacities) of color, increase the visibility of the agency within communities of color, and to increase the training in cultural competency of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass & Metrowest.
Our vision is to see an increase in the ethnic and cultural diversity of our volunteers and staff and to develop long lasting partnerships within communities of color.
Currently, 72% of our Littles are of color (Asian, Black, Hispanic and Multi-Race) while only 15% of our Bigs are of color. Approximately 75% of our Big and Little matches are cross ethnicity. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass & Metrowest hopes to increase the percentage of volunteers and staff members of color in order to more accurately reflect the population of children served.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass & Metrowest seeks partners to help move this initiative forward. If you are interested in becoming a program partner or resource for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force, please contact Yarimar Figueroa.
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LGBTQ+ Champions Group
As of July 2022, BBBS CM & MW staff have newly formed an LGBTQ+ Champions Group.
Our goal is to create an Agency completely inclusive and safe for our youth and families in all areas of work.
With this goal in mind, we will be reviewing our current policies, procedures, paperwork, and trainings through an
LBGTQ+ inclusive lens. By Doing so, we hope in the near future to be able to properly serve and work alongside
the LGBTQ+ community and recognizing that the LBGTQ+ youth face unique challenges.
By offering one-to-one mentoring, we can help ignite, empower, and defend the potential of all youth.
If you are interested in becoming a program resource for the LGBTQ+ Champions Group please contact Katie Roy.