Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska believes a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization is one where all employees, volunteers, youth, and families, feel valued and respected whatever their race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, education, income, or health condition. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard.
Our vision at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska is that all youth achieve their full potential. We recognize that while all children have equal potential, they do not have equal opportunity. Too many children are struggling with generational poverty, limited academic opportunities, familial incarceration, violence, and a lack of access to positive adult role models. Inequities that impact our youth often result from systemic biases that “sort” people into resource-rich or resource-poor neighborhoods and school systems–largely on the basis of race and income. With this context, we are committed to serving children and youth who are impacted by adversity.
Our program helps build up children’s resilience and enhance their self-esteem, opportunities, and employability. Our goal is to reduce the economic and health imbalances that damage educational opportunities, health care, and wealth accumulation.