Why does BBBS celebrate Pride Month?

At Big Brothers Big Sisters, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) are 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. Pride Month is a time to honor and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, their history, struggles, and achievements. It is a month of unity, love, and acceptance. At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho, we believe that every child deserves a mentor who can provide guidance, support, and understanding, regardless of their background or identity.

BBBS recognizes the importance of providing mentorship opportunities that reflect the diverse identities and experiences of the children we serve. All children, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, should have access to mentors who can serve as role models, confidantes, and sources of inspiration.

Here are a few reasons why diverse mentoring is essential:

Representation and Understanding: Having mentors from diverse backgrounds allows children to see themselves reflected in their mentors, fostering a sense of belonging and empowerment. LGBTQ+ mentors can provide unique insights, understanding, and support to LGBTQ+ youth, helping them navigate the challenges they may face while celebrating their identities.

Breaking Stereotypes and Bias: Mentoring relationships based on trust and mutual respect can break down stereotypes and biases. When children are mentored by individuals from different backgrounds, it challenges preconceived notions and promotes empathy, understanding, and acceptance.

Building Inclusive Communities: By embracing diversity in mentoring, we create inclusive communities that celebrate differences. When children see mentors from various backgrounds coming together to support one another, they learn the value of inclusivity and the power of collaboration.

Personal Growth and Development: Diverse mentoring exposes children to new perspectives, cultures, and experiences, broadening their horizons and enhancing their personal growth. It encourages them to be open-minded, compassionate, and respectful of others, promoting a more harmonious society.

As we celebrate Pride Month, it is crucial to remember the importance of diversity in mentoring. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho is committed to providing mentorship opportunities that embrace and celebrate all identities, ensuring that every child feels seen, heard, and supported. By fostering an inclusive environment, we can create a brighter future where every child can thrive, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Let us continue to support and uplift one another, inspiring positive change and breaking down barriers through the power of mentoring.