Consider becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister … and a Force of Change

Bob Mariano believed wholeheartedly in giving back to his community, which is why he became a Big Brother to Little Brother Kyle in 2004.

That match, through Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters, ignited a long-lasting relationship between Bob, his wife Barb, and Kyle … one that went beyond their official match (which lasted more than three years). Kyle remains in touch with the family today.

Kyle is now married, living and working in the Pacific Northwest. “When I met [Bob and Barb],” he said, “I was struggling with self-esteem issues. I felt safe and comfortable right away with the Marianos.”

“My match was important to my development and learning to be who I am today. Bob was a huge role model. He taught me how to treat people and they listened to me without judging me.”

Bob understood that mentoring is an about inspiring positive change to empower young people to believe they can achieve what they never dreamed possible.

Bob also contributed his time and talents to YBBBS as a board member, starting in 2004 and serving as Board Vice Chair from 2006-2007. He passed away in 2017.

The Bob Mariano Memorial Golf Classic honors Bob’s philanthropic engagement and contribution to the Prescott-area community. Set for Tuesday, May 23, 2023, the tournament will be held at The Club at Prescott Lakes, benefitting the mentoring mission of YBBBS.

Golf enthusiasts can check out the tourney at


Like Bob, you can start a young person on the path to bigger things. We’re looking for people eager to positively impact youth and improve their community at the same time. Let’s start something together.

You can simply incorporate your Little into your everyday life: play sports together, picnic in the park, take your dog for a hike, or visit a museum. Being a Big will be one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling things you do, while also empowering you to be a force of change in our community.

Learn more at or reach out to the YBBBS Recruitment and Enrollment Manager Deborrah Miller at [email protected] or 928.890.8117.