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Our JEDI Mission:

Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is woven throughout our programs

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont is committed to creating and cultivating a safe environment where all individuals feel respected and valued equally. We - BBBSVT staff, board and volunteers - are committed to a nondiscriminatory and anti-racist approach and are committed to dismantling any inequities within our policies, systems, programs and services.


At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont, Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) is an integral part of our values and mission. We recognize, affirm, and celebrate the diverse backgrounds, lives, and experiences of all 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. 

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We are proud to share this exciting news! The Starbucks Foundation has awarded a $1M grant to

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA).  Our National Office first partnered with The Starbucks Foundation in 2018 through the 10,000 Connections initiative. It was a great introduction and opportunity to showcase the impact of our mentoring program. Three years later, BBBSA was selected by The Starbucks Foundation to help support their efforts to advance racial and social equity for BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) youth across the country.


This is part of The Starbucks Foundation's commitment to advance opportunity for all, and funding will help BBBSA continue efforts to provide JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) training in local communities throughout the country. The investment is part of a three-pronged strategy to promote resilience, and advance racial and social equity:


  • Create social justice incident response units, Relationship Responders, to help communities negatively impacted by racism, brutality, and other injustices recover and heal.


  • Provide JEDI and Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) training to frontline Big Brothers Big Sisters staff and Bigs on a national scale.


  • Sub-grants will be awarded to local BBBS agencies to support equity in local communities that Big Brothers Big Sisters and Starbucks serve together.


We thank our local Starbucks partners for their continued support of our mentoring programs. For more information about our commitment to JEDI visit our website.


Bigger Together,

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont

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All this reading and talking is excellent, and please follow up by taking action!

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