Pacific Premier Provides Grant to IE’s Big Brothers Big Sisters
Pacific Premier Bank has once again partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire (BBBSIE) by providing an $8,000 grant to support their mentoring efforts for at-risk youth.
BBBSIE matches disadvantaged youth with one-to-one mentors, supporting personal and educational growth through strong, enduring, and high-quality relationships. The Bank’s grant will directly support BBBSIE’s Destination Future Initiative, which aids young adults in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties with high school graduation attainment and college and career support.
Pacific Premier Bank is dedicated to partnering with community organizations focused on providing core community needs such as quality education, especially for at-risk youth from low income communities and communities of color. BBBSIE is working hard to provide equitable access to life-changing opportunities for many of the Inland Empire’s youth and young adults.
In the Inland Empire, consisting of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, there are currently 94,600 teenagers and young adults ages 16–24 who are either not in school or not working—the city of Riverside accounts for 7,000 alone. Undoubtedly, these numbers will continue to increase as result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionally and overwhelmingly impacted underserved and racial/ethnic communities.
Of the youth BBBSIE supports in the Inland Empire, approximately 75% are from low- to moderate-income families and 75% are persons of color. With support from community partners like Pacific Premier, BBBSIE will be able to expand its capacity under Destination Future Initiative to serve 500 youth. The initiative’s goal is to guarantee every youth in the program will achieve a living wage job by age 25.
BBBSIE’s Destination Future Initiative encourages local youth to be proactive about their futures, from graduating from high school to pursuing education, employment, or enlistment. Program participants gain access to college tours, free standardized test prep, workshops on topics like career-building and financial literacy, and scholarships and apprenticeship opportunities.
To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire, visit www.iebigs.org.