The mission of the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston is to ignite girls’ passion and power
to succeed through positive mentoring relationships with women and enrichment programs that
support girls’ healthy development. It aspires to create a mentor-rich community in which every girl
has access to the individual nurturing, guidance, and support she needs to become a confident,
competent and caring adult.
Opened as a 302-bed hospital in 1991, the Lucile Packard Children"s Hospital Stanford is both
nationally ranked and internationally recognized, and is the heart and soul of Stanford Children"s
Health. The hospital is devoted to pediatrics and obstetrics and the original building has six centers
dedicated to providing comprehensive services in key obstetric and pediatric areas: brain and
behavior, cancer, heart, pregnancy and newborn, pulmonary and transplant. It relies on an army
of 700 volunteers – most of whom are either elderly retirees or from the University"s population of
aspiring and current medical students – to help in carrying out its mission. Lucile Packard Children"s Hospital Stanford is dramatically expanding and opening a new hospital in December 2017 and
needed to double its volunteer ranks (to 1,400) to meet this expanded need.
The Mary and Frances Youth Center opened in 2007 on Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU)
Monroe Park campus in Richmond. Its facilities include two private tennis courts and a number of
classrooms designed for youth-centered programming and training. The youth center’s flagship
program since opening has been Lobs & Lessons, a nationally recognized tennis and learning
program, but it also hosts and leads Discovery summer program, which provides middle-school
students with in-depth experiences in science, technology, engineering, arts and health sciences.
Headquartered in Urbana, Ill., The Carle Foundation is the nonprofit parent company of an integrated
network of hospital and healthcare services, including the only Level I Trauma Center as well as Level
III perinatal services in east central Illinois. Collectively known as Carle, Carle Foundation Hospital and
Carle Physician Group operate on a very simple-yet-expansive mission: “We serve people.”