Reflections on Supporting Mentorship

At RedCloud, one key piece to our company mission and culture is that we choose to provide prolonged support to local organizations that focus on the physical, cognitive, and emotional development of young people – our region’s most important asset. Our team is proud to provide financial support and in-kind consulting services, as well as good old-fashioned elbow grease, at events put on by our partner non-profit organizations in the communities in which we work.

One such group is the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound – an organization RedCloud began work with at the beginning of 2017, including my joining of their board of directors. With the company behind me, I am honored to be part of these efforts to promote mentorship in our region to children who are up against life circumstances most of us could never fathom facing.

My involvement with the organization’s board includes providing strategic guidance for growth – applying many of the principles we’ve grown our own company under to this non-profit organization. With so many impactful mentors throughout my childhood keeping me on the right path towards success and inspiring me to do more than I thought possible, I’m a huge believer in the Big Brothers Big Sisters mission. I know how much one person can make an impact and change a life, and I believe every hour counts.

Earlier this month I took part in the Annual Board of Director retreat on Mercer Island. Led by BBBSPS President and CEO Louis Garcia, the retreat was a condensed and powerful experience, helping the organization plan, continue to be a forward looking group and developing ways to expand the scope and size of services and impact. The other members of the greater Seattle business community who come together to serve on this board continually impress me. The retreat was another example of how much can be accomplished when good people and good ideas are focused on the task at hand.

One important milestone that the organization accomplished this past year was connecting our 1,000th child with a mentor! As the board, we reflected on what it has taken to achieve this level of impact, while realizing it is only the start of what we can and should do. Although so many kids are served and positively impacted by BBBSPS, it’s important to remember the hundreds of children on the waiting list. We can always do more as an organization, as a community, and as individuals.

One positive relationship at a time, I thoroughly enjoy my time spent with BBBSPS where I can step away from the day-to-day work and get into the community to make a lasting impact. I look forward to many milestones ahead for BBBSPS!

Brett Alston, Managing Partner, RedCloud