Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana actively engages diversity, inclusion and cultural competencies throughout our organization. BBBSCI serves an incredibly diverse constituency of adult volunteers, youth and families of the youth, donors, and partners.  It is paramount to achieving our mission to value diversity and practice inclusion amongst all of our stakeholders served by the organization.  In doing so, we recognize the strengths and challenges of diversity include but are not limited to –race, religion, national origin, color, economic status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability education, expertise, and socio-economic status.  The organization’s staff and board strive to be representative of the constituencies we serve.

The Great American Paradox: Reality, Race, Relationships, and Resources by Marcus Allen, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence (PA) and Gale Nelson, CEO of BBBS of Miami (FL), along with Alicia Guevara, CEO of BBBS of NYC and select BBBS CEOs in cities and towns across America.


A Guide to Gender Identity Terms 

Data Report Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Indiana

Indiana Youth Group (IYG): IYG creates safer spaces to foster community and provides programming that empowers LGBTQ+ youth and magnifies their voices.

Indy PFLAG Indianapolis Chapter: PFLAG is a not for profit organization that provides support, education and advocacy to family, friends, allies, and LGBT people.

Indy Pride: Best known for the annual Indy Pride Festival, Indy Pride, Inc. also does philanthropic work throughout the year to support many other LGBTQ+ support organizations throughout Central Indiana.

The LGBTQ Supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring 

PRIDE Mentoring Month Celebration: MENTOR.org

Queer Kid Stuff: an educational video series that breaks down complex ideas around gender and sexuality through songs and metaphors 

The Trevor Project is a national, toll-free, 24 hour, confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. You can chat, text, or call at 1-866-488-7386. They also have a social media support group for youth under 25 years, called TrevorSpace

What the Gay Rights Movement Learned from the Civil Rights Movement: a TED Talk by Yoruba Richen

Why It's Crucial to Talk to Kids About Gender Pronouns: from TIME Magazine

Why Kids Need to Learn About Gender and Sexuality: a TED Talk by Lindsay Amer

If you would like to suggest content for BBBSCI to consider adding to our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resource page, please contact us by email at bigs@bbbsci.org