YBBBS welcomes new executive director

PRESCOTT – Kristen Kerns of Prescott is the new leader of the youth mentoring nonprofit Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters (YBBBS).

“After a thoughtful and deliberate recruitment effort, the YBBBS Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Kristen Kerns as our new executive director. Kristen brings with her a strong background in nonprofit work within Yavapai County and a passion for supporting programs that benefit the youth in our communities,” said Wendy Ross, the agency’s board chairperson.

Kerns has over a decade of nonprofit experience with U.S. Vets, the Yavapai Humane Society, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Arizona. Her background in donor relations, strategic planning, grant administration, operations, and more will allow the agency to continue and grow its mission of creating and supporting one-to-one mentoring relationships.

“I am both honored and thrilled to step into the role of executive director at Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters. Joining this incredible organization, known for its profound impact on youth and communities, is a privilege that fills me with immense excitement and gratitude,” shared Kerns.

“My passion for community enrichment and supporting the growth and thriving of our young people has always been a guiding force in my life. It is this passion that aligns perfectly with the mission of this agency — to create and nurture relationships that transform lives and foster positive, lasting change.”

Ross shared that Kerns will join the team on April 8. “I do not doubt she will be an amazing complement to the already strong and passionate YBBBS team of professionals.”

“With a heart full of optimism and determination, I look forward to the remarkable stories we will write together, fostering hope, guidance, and opportunity for every young person we touch,” said Kerns.



For more than 50 years, Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every young person is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. We make meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and youth (“Littles”), ages 6 through 24. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.­­­

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