Santa Barbara, CA – With only two weeks to fundraise, members, faculty and psychology students in the Psi Chi Chapter of Fielding Graduate University raised more than $1,800 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Barbara County. This achievement, which includes a $500 match from Fielding Graduate University, sponsors a Big and Little match for one year.
“We are very thankful to Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Barbara County for all they do to support the emotional development of children,” said Jeanie Metivier, President of Fielding Graduate University Psi Chi Chapter. “We thrilled to champion their work and appreciate Fielding Graduate University’s commitment and support of student organizations that make projects like this possible.”
Fielding Graduate University Psi Chi Chapter is a local chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. The honor society is open to Fielding Psychology students who have a 3.5 GPA or higher. The mission of Psi Chi has several goals, one of which is to “promote ethical and socially responsible members and leaders.” One way for members to learn social responsibility and leadership is through chapter service projects.
Big Brothers Big Sisters was selected as a service project for a few reasons, primarily because members had clinical or personal experiences with its programmatic results and wanted to support the emotional health and well-being of Santa Barbara County citizens.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is recognized as the single most effective prevention-based mentoring program in the United States. At-risk children ages 6-15 are carefully matched with caring adult mentors, who help them reach their full potential trough one-to-one relationships built on trust, friendship, consistency, support, and guidance. In a recent national report titled The Mentoring Effect, it has been determined that young people who are mentored show improvements academically, socially, and economically. These types of improvements are a direct result of the investment in our most valuable resource, our community’s children, which will lead to stronger and safer communities.
Locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters is a program of Family Service Agency.
Photo Caption (from left):
Sean Whaley, Big Brother and Family Service Agency board member
Jeremy Jinkerson, Vice President, Psi Chi Chapter
Tiffany Duffing, Secretary, Psi Chi Chapter
David Edelman, Vice President of Advancement & Development, Fielding Graduate University
April Harris-Britt, PhD, Faculty Sponsor, Psi Chi Chapter, with daughter Aliyah
Colin Lim, Treasurer, Psi Chi Chapter
Jeanie Metivier, President, Psi Chi Chapter