OUR COMMITMENT TO DEI
Together we affirm that every person has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We are committed to creating and cultivating a safe environment where all individuals feel respected and valued equally. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory and anti-racist approach and are committed to dismantling any inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services.
At Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) 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.
OUR J.E.D.I. FOCUS
JUSTICE - Justice has been the focus of Big Brothers Big Sisters ever since the beginning. When Ernest Coulter founded Big Brothers Big Sisters in 1904, he did so because he noticed an influx of boys in the NYC juvenile justice system. Coulter believed he could make a difference by connecting these boys with adult mentors who could listen to their struggles and guide them on a brighter path. At Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters, we are committed to this mission to this day.
EQUITY - Our work at Big Brothers Big Sisters helps heal the gaps in our community and level the playing field to ensure everyone has an opportunity for success.
DIVERSITY - At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we seek out staff and volunteers who embrace diversity and work hard to forge connections across cultural divides. By modeling these traits, our volunteers can form bonds and teach the same values to their Littles.
INCLUSION - We are all unique and we strive to reflect that in our hiring practices and in our volunteer pool. Serving Yavapai County means our Littles come from all walks of life and many of them need understanding mentors and staff who know the challenges they face. The more diverse and inclusive a workplace is, the stronger it is because every different background and culture brings with it different strengths.