The core of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission and values are Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion –JEDI. It is a part of what we do each and every day to support the children, volunteers, and families that we serve. It is also how we operate internally as a local and national organization.
OUR CORE VALUES
Intentional & Inclusive
What does JEDI mean to us?
JUSTICE – Our focus in all we do, on the meaningful pursuit of justice for those we serve.
Our founder, a Court Clerk, wanted an innovative way to change the future of the young men in his courtroom who were being placed into the juvenile justice system. He wanted a better outcome, a different form of justice for them.
Providing them with a caring adult – mentor was a simple yet effective solution for young men and later young women.
EQUITY – Our work helps to erase the inequities to level the playing field to enable success.
All children are born with talent and potential, but not all of them have the same opportunities to realize their full potential at home or school due to a lack of resources and support. This creates inequities and barriers.
DIVERSITY – Embracing and respecting diversity gives us all a unique opportunity to learn and grow from one another.
Our partnerships and collaborations with diverse individuals make us better as an organization. We respect and value differences in ethnicity, gender, age, race, religion, disability, and sexual orientation.
INCLUSION – We are all Unique. We genuinely value and integrate that viewpoint into our work.
Feeling included and a part of something ignites creativity, inspires, and motivates. Yet, at times, there are systemic obstacles that prevent children from realizing their full potential. Our core organizational values of fairness, equity, and advocating for a resource-rich environment that includes the diversity of cultures, races, religions, orientations, and all opinions provide positive examples that empower the children we serve to thrive.
Join us on our J.E.D.I journey to change a child’s tomorrow today!
OUR COMMITMENT TO JEDI
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.
- Black History Month conversation featuring, President & CEO, Artis Stevens; National Board member and Miss USA 2019, Cheslie Kryst; Maryland 4-H Program leader and Assistant Director of University of Maryland Extension, Dr. Nia Imani Fields
- A Conversation with President and CEO, Artis Stevens and Roland Martin Unfiltered: Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Black Boys and Girls