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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire announces 2021 Orange County Big of the Year finalists

In celebration of National Mentoring Month and the continued support of its volunteers, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire is honoring outstanding mentors who are unparalleled in their service in the local community this past year. The local presence of the national nonprofit, which matches youth facing adversity (Littles) one-to-one with a supportive mentor (Bigs), is revealing its 2021 Big of the Year finalists in Orange County:

Big Brother of the Year finalists

  • Adam Monson of Tustin
  • Chris Pyon of Anaheim
  • Perry Allison of Riverside
  • Taylor Dance of Laguna Niguel
  • William Burroughs of Huntington Beach

Big Sister of the Year finalists

  • Alice Rendon of Rowland Heights
  • Amantha Writer of Avondale, Ariz. (formerly Mission Viejo)
  • Brooke Abel of Newport Beach
  • Jane Go of Lake Forest
  • Jennifer Arnoldt of Orange

In an especially challenging year, the 2021 finalists have adapted and helped their mentees in incredible ways, which is showcased in the children’s academic, behavioral and social-emotional growth. These finalists welcomed youth into their workplaces for job shadowing, paid for groceries when finances were tight, walked through emotionally challenging situations, celebrated birthdays on Zoom and so much more. Each of these finalists embodies the organization’s mission of igniting the potential in today’s youth, and serve as incredible advocates for Big Brothers Big Sisters at work, in their social networks and within the community.

“Our volunteers continually raise the bar when it comes to their mentees, and this past year is a testament to their dedication to shaping brighter futures for our youth,” said Sloane Keane, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire. “This life-changing impact we have on the community would not be possible without the unwavering commitment of our mentors, and these 10 individuals have demonstrated a desire and willingness to go above and beyond. Because of volunteers like them, we can guide our youth through difficult life circumstances, unprecedented academic settings and defend the potential each of these kids has within them.”

Orange County Big of the Year winners will be announced in a closed virtual ceremony Friday, Jan. 29. Community members excited about changing the world by empowering local youth as a mentor are encouraged to visit www.ocbigs.org/mentoringmonth.

To learn more about the organization, visit: www.ocbigs.org or www.iebigs.org.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire
Big Brothers Big Sisters believes every child is born with potential. Yet, one-third of the nation’s youth are growing up without a mentor who can help them overcome challenges such as poverty, unstable housing, absentee parents and lack of access to educational resources. Since 1958, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire has provided youth facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships. With a mentor, youth are able to achieve milestones such as high school graduation, set postsecondary goals and strive for long-term success as they achieve their full potential. For more information visit ocbigs.org or iebigs.org.

This article was released by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire.