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

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Big Brothers and Little Brothers from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe took part in the first of five skiing/snowboarding sessions at Northstar-at-Tahoe on Sunday as part of SOS Outreachand#8217;s winter program.

SOS Outreach strives to foster positive self-image, social competency and positive values through an innovative Learn to Ride program that teaches kids how to snowboard or ski.

Participants are provided with five days of professional instruction, equipment rental, lift tickets and clothing.

As part of the SOS curriculum, the five-day LTR program focuses on one of the five core values each day: Courage, discipline, integrity, wisdom and compassion. The morning begins with a discussion about the core value, and the activities of the day elicit examples of that value in action.

The day ends with another discussion of the core value and SOS adult mentors encourage students to look for ways these values impact their everyday decisions.

The culmination of the program is a graduation ceremony where students and instructors acknowledge strengths in each other and express gratitude in front of a small audience.

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For more information about SOS Outreach, please see

The Daybreak Club, sponsored by the Tahoe Forest Health System, will play host to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe Program Manager Peggy Martin and Board Member Paul Raymore on Tuesday, March 9, at 7 a.m. in the Truckee Town Hall Council Chambers.

For $15, guests will get a hot breakfast and get to hear a presentation about the impact our local Big Brothers and Big Sisters are having on at-risk youth in the Tahoe-Truckee region. Learn more about our programs, the children we serve, and how you can get involved and start making a difference in the lives of our communityand#8217;s youth.

The March 9 Daybreak Club meeting will also feature a presentation about the proposed new aquatic facility in Truckee, with Dan Kates and Dan Ingalls speaking.

Truckee Town Hall is located at 10183 Truckee Airport Road, and the Council Chambers are on the second floor. For more information please call (530) 582-6313 or e-mail

On Feb. 11, Jakeand#8217;s on the Lake played host to one of the funniest nights of recent comedy in North Lake Tahoe, with local comedian Aaron Wilson hosting a night featuring three hilarious San Francisco comics, as well as local funnyman Rowie and Tahoe City Chocolates owner Mike Akay. And while the comics had the crowd laughing, they also inspired generous donations from the audience to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County to support mentoring in the Tahoe-Truckee region.

As you plan for 2010 and the coming year, take a moment to think about what you do in the Tahoe-Truckee community and see if there are ways you can become more involved. There are literally hundreds of great causes that could use your support, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe, for those who want to make a big difference in the life of a local child.

We are always looking for caring adult mentors who are willing to spend an average of an hour a week with a local youth in need of a friend.

We ask for a yearand#8217;s commitment (with a flexible schedule), but most matches last much longer than that because both mentor and mentee get so much out of the relationship. Indeed, many matches grow into life-long friendships that can redefine both lives for the better.

If you would like more information about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, please call our Truckee office today!

We currently have more than 30 children on our North Lake Tahoe and Truckee waiting list, and we especially need mentors in the Kings Beach area. Call 587-7717. Se habla espanol.

If you or someone you know would be interested in supporting our programs in the Truckee and North Lake Tahoe region by serving on the Truckee-Tahoe Fundraising Committee, volunteering at BBBSNC events, participating on our Board of Directors, or by making a financial contribution, please contact Executive Director Dena Valin at (530) 273-2227 or

For information, please visit