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Media inquiries:
Brandi Devlin
Senior Director of Marketing
bdevlin@bbbsaz.org
(602) 393-4132
(602) 617-1014

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona In the News

The Arizona Republic: Big Brothers Needs West Valley Mentors

For the past three years, Jasani and Big Brother Brian Shanley have formed a bond that has changed their lives and had an impact on their families and community. Jasani, 12, who lives with his mother in Glendale and has no contact with his father, needed a male role model who could not only spend time with him but be a positive influence in his life. In 2014, his mother enrolled him in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona program, where ... READ MORE

azfamily.com: Paul's Pay It Forward Car Wash raises $329,572 for Big Brothers Big Sisters

The 10th Annual Paul's Pay It Forward Car Wash has raised $329,572 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona. Hundreds of cars were washed between Oct. 16 and Oct. 20 at Desert Ridge Marketplace, raising a huge amount of money for charity. Paul's Pay It Forward Car Wash has grown to become a week-long, family-friendly, community event featuring live entertainment and appearances by special celebrity guests all focused on supporting BBBSAZ's mission. CBS 5 and 3TV were live at the event each day. Attendees were treated to ... WATCH

azfamily.com: Paul's Mission Moments - How Paul's Car Wash benefits those in need

Meet Big Sister Lesa and Little Sister Daphney

Meet Big Brother Steve and Little Brother Jeroen

Meet Big Brother Fred and Little Brother Skyler

abc15: Phoenix homeowner creates stunning Halloween-themed light display

A homeowner's Halloween-themed light display in North Phoenix is a sight to see.  ...  Jimenez also uses the display to collect donations for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona. ... WATCH

Peoria Times: Big Brothers Big Sisters calls on men in West Valley

For the past three years, Jasani and Big Brother Brian Shanley have formed a bond that has changed their lives, and had an impact on their families and community. ... READ MORE

iHeartMedia: Valley Views Interview about Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Marty Manning: With just a couple of hours a month you can help out a "little" at one of their site-based programs, like dropping in during school lunch hour, or you might be interested in the new Big Futures program aimed at kids in high school. ... LISTEN

Hubbard Broadcasting: Valley Focus Interview about the Importance of Mentoring

Valerie More of Hubbard Broadcasting interviews Brandi Devlin from BBBSAZ about the power or mentoring and let's listeners know how they can support the organization by giving their time.

Phoenix Business Journal: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona: Strength Of Mentoring (Phoenix Stories)

Joey was an outgoing 13-year-old boy who was full of energy and then things changed. His father, who lives out of state, had a stroke, and his mother, Alletta, was diagnosed with a serious illness. She could see the toll her declining health was taking on Joey. He withdrew, his grades suffered, and he stopped spending time at the park with friends. “The light in his eyes was going dim,” she said. Alletta knew that Joey needed ... READ MORE

The Arizona Republic: With a father in prison, Phoenix boy's 'chosen family' is his Big Brother

Alex Fuller, 48, swipes his thumb across the screen of his cellphone, looking through the many reminders he's set on his calendar. "Malachi starts the eighth grade in 22 days," he says as he swivels the phone to show the 13-year-old standing next to him at a Dave & Busters. Malachi Duran shakes his head and smiles. "Ahhh, it's too soon." Fuller laughs and nudges the boy. "It's going to be awesome. What else happens on that day?" "My dad gets out." ... READ MORE

Front Doors Media: Bowling Bashes Roll in $47K for Mentor Help

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona raised $47,000 to benefit the organizations mentoring program through two Glow Bowl community bowling events earlier this month. ... READ MORE

East Valley Tribune: East Valley volunteers seek more Little Brothers and Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, the organization that matches adult mentors with children, has a problem it’s never had before. BBBSAZ has more volunteers in the East Valley than it has children to match them with. “We have been actively recruiting a lot of volunteers throughout Maricopa County for the last few years ... READ MORE

The Red Book/azredbook.com: More than 500 ‘Pitch In for Kids’

With a lineup that included Bob Brenly as honorary chair, Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone and all-star match Sam Leyvas, Skyler and Skyler’s mom, Kelly Aguilar, Pitch In for Kids raised nearly $200,000. The signature fundraiser for Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Arizona was held Feb. 23 at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, with more than 500 guests in attendance. ... READ MORE

In Business Magazine: High School Students Venture Beyond School Walls to Make Big Plans for the Future

When students from ASU Preparatory Academy cross North 7th Street and walk into APS’s downtown Phoenix headquarters, they’re taking their first steps into the professional world, and APS employees are there to guide the way. Through a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, high school juniors and seniors from the school are matched one-to-one with volunteers from APS ... READ MORE

indianz.com: Bobbi Rose Nez: Big Brothers Big Sisters reaches Native youth

I began volunteering 13 years ago with Big Brothers Big Sisters, a non-profit organization that promotes positive mentoring relationships for adults and children ages 6 to 18. The young people, who are referred to as Littles ... READ MORE

azfamily.com: Paul's Pay It Forward Car Wash raises $250K for Big Brothers Big Sisters

The 9th Annual Paul's Pay It Forward Car Wash raised more than a quarter million dollars for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona. Close to 700 cars were washed between Oct. 17 and Oct. 21 at Desert Ridge Marketplace for a grand total of $250,807. Paul's Pay It Forward Car Wash has grown to become ... WATCH

Front Doors Media: Little Things, Big Deals

It’s not easy to set your sights on a new or different path without some leadership,” observes Laura Capello, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona. “It is easy to sit in judgement over how our youth should be doing things, but until you really understand their perspective and the framework of their life, it’s pretty hard to make blanket statements.” Working with more than 1,500 Valley kids a year, Capello and her staff understand the realities of growing up with challenges. “We see wonderful kids in our programs who face the realities of ... READ MORE

SPOT 127: Interviews with Bigs & Littles

Several Big Brothers Big Sisters Big and Little pairs visited SPOT 127 to share their inspiring stories of how they came to be matched and to describe their relationships. SPOT 127 is honored to share their stories. LISTEN TO INTERVIEWS