Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana, Inc.

Defenders of Potential

Lafayette, LA   |  WWW.ACADIANABIGS.COM

Mission

Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

Ruling year info

1985

Principal Officer

Kalli Christ

Main address

123 East Main

Lafayette, LA 70501 USA

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EIN

58-1634741

NTEE code info

Big Brothers, Big Sisters (O31)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community-Based Mentoring

In Community-Based Mentoring, Big Brother and Big Sister volunteers provide children and youth – our “Littles” - individualized time and attention on a regular basis, typically 2 – 4 times a month, for two to three hours. During unstructured weekly or bi-weekly outings, filled with conversations and shared activities, they develop a relationship that helps youth manage the everyday challenges that are part of “growing up.” During the time with their Big, children gain new skills, explore new interests, and test behaviors that expand their experience base beyond their family or neighborhood. Over the course of time, children gain confidence in themselves, acquire new skills and competencies, and develop an enhanced capacity to care for others – all tasks that are a part of developing healthy maturity. Volunteers experience a sense of discovery and enjoyment as they see the world of possibility open up through the child’s eyes.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Louisiana Association of Nonprofits (LANO) Standards for Excellence 2007

Awards

Annie E. Casey Award 2000

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Non-Profit of the Year Award Finalist 2001

Lafayette Better Business Bureau

Non-Profit of the Year Award Finalist 2003

Lafayette Better Business Bureau

Non-Profit of the Year Award Finalist 2006

Lafayette Better Business Bureau

LANO Seal of Excellence 2004

Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO)

LANO Seal of Excellence 2007

Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO)

Care and Concern for Women and Families Award 2008

Women's Foundation of Acadiana

Agency of the Year 2020

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Affiliations & memberships

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America 1985

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Underserved youth and families; volunteer mentors

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 09/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Trey Hightower

Hightower Law Firm


Board co-chair

Noah Brandon

Unitech Training Academy

Melanie Martin

Community Volunteer

David Romero

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Tony Carroll

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Brandi Clay

Educator

Corey Frank

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Austin Green

Financial Advisor

Jacob Groth

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Emily Hamner

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Burley Pellerin

Business Owner

Linda Peters

LCLSC

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/16/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/16/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.