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Community Report: Big Brothers Big Sisters Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe (BBBSNC) is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Boys andamp; Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe to support mentoring in the North Lake Tahoe community. The new program will not only allow caring adults to mentor youth served by the Boys andamp; Girls Club, but also supports a new member-to-member mentoring program that will encourage high school and middle school aged members of the Boys andamp; Girls Club to mentor the younger children at the club.According to Mindy Carbajal, director of operations at the Boys andamp; Girls Club, Weve always had an informal partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters we have Bigs who come to the club already and see our kids. What we really did was formalize our partnership. We were able to provide Big Brothers Big Sisters with a small amount of financial support to increase the number of mentoring opportunities at our club.In addition to supporting the community-based matches made through the new partnership, the Boys andamp; Girls Club is also planning to set up a mentoring day at the club to provide activities the club-based matches can do together each week.Its a great way for the older kids at the Boys andamp; Girls Club to get involved and help mentor the younger kids at the club, said BBBSNC Program Manager Peggy Martin.Carbajal agreed: It gives [the mentors] a good chance to be a leader, to be a role model, and to think about how their actions effect others.

Nancy Paniagua, 18, is a senior at North Tahoe High School, and has been a Big Sister to Jasbeth since the beginning of the school year.According to Nancy, she had been good friends with Jasbeths family for quite a while, and the two had been spending time together at the Boys andamp; Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe in an informal mentoring relationship when Peggy Martin of Big Brothers Big Sisters came into the club and suggested that they officially join the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.Nancy enjoys being a Big Sister because, you can introduce new things to the young people and encourage them to think differently. Plus, we have a lot of things in commonIt makes you feel better, to have somebody looking up to you, and you really do make a difference.At the beginning of their match, Nancy was 17 years old, and she and Jasbeth spent time together at the Boys andamp; Girls Club doing homework and participating in other club activities. Now that she has turned 18, shes looking forward to being able to take Jasbeth out in the community a bit more, to the beach and on some hikes in the area.Unsure of where she will end up going to college though she hopes to stay in the area Nancy said no matter what happens with her plans next year, one thing is for sure: Im going to keep up a good relationship with Jasbeth.

On Thursday, March 19, Rubicon Pizza Company in the Village at Northstar hosted the inaugural Big Night Out in the Truckee-Tahoe region, donating more than 20 percent of their receipts from dinner to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County. Many thanks to owner Ray Villaman and the entire Rubicon staff for their support and for putting on a great event.A big thank you to the Booth Creek Resorts and the Village at Northstar for donating the proceeds of ice skate rentals from the evening in conjunction with our Big Night Out. The ice skating rink at Northstar also hosted the very first organized BBBSNC group activity in the area, and has been generous in their support of mentoring in our local community.

BBBSNC is hosting a bowling party at Bowl Incline (920 Southwood Blvd., Incline Village) on Saturday, April 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. For $5, Bigs, Littles, their families and children on the BBBSNC waiting list will get to bowl for two hours (including shoe rental). Please RSVP by April 11 by calling Peggy or Dana at 587-7717.In addition, Bowl Incline has stepped up to become a partner in the BBBSNC Match Advantage program, which allows local businesses to offer discounts and low-cost activities to Bigs and Littles when they are spending time together. If your business is interested in supporting the youth of the Truckee-Tahoe community by participating in the Match Advantage program, please call 587-7717.

Register now for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County Mountain Bike Endurance Ride, coming up May 16, 2009! There are two routes: The 50-mile route follows a beautiful loop out of Nevada City on local trails, including the incomparable South Yuba Trail. The route is comprised of approximately 80 percent single-track, 7,000+ feet of climbing, and stunning views of the South Yuba River. The 45-mile route is less demanding, but also follows some of the best trails in the area. The 45-mile route is perfect for riders who want to test their endurance, but are not quite ready for the technical challenges of the 50-mile route. Riders collect pledges in lieu of an entrance fee and have the goal of raising $250 each for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County. Riders can collect pledges in person, or online through an easy-to-use fundraising page for our agency. See http://www.bigsofnc.org for more details.

If you or someone you know would be interested in supporting our programs in the Truckee and North Lake Tahoe region by becoming a Big, participating on our Board of Directors, serving on our Truckee-Tahoe Fundraising Committee, or making a financial contribution, have them contact Executive Director Dena Valin at (530) 273-2227 or director@bigsofnc.org. For more information, please see http://www.bigsofnc.org.Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County is a chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, a national non-profit agency dedicated to creating a volunteer base where every at risk child and youth who needs and wants a mentor can be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister. BBBSNC recently expanded its mentoring programs to the Truckee and North Lake Tahoe region, including the communities of Kings Beach and Tahoe City.

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