We had the good fortune of connecting with Tina Rose and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tina, what principle do you value most?
My guiding principles are passion and compassion and I’ve followed them since I was a very young. Gallup’s Strength Assessment test helps you uncover your top 5 strengths, and one of mine is “Belief”, which simply means that my core values and faith guide and direct me to live out my passion, that which I believe in strongly. Because of this belief, I knew from a young age that I wanted to go into the social services field, and nothing would deter me. Also, I believe that those that know me would say I am a big feeler, [okay, my nickname at one time was “Waterworks Rose” :)] and I am moved by compassion to act and care for those around me. Compassion to me, is recognizing that we are all human and deserving of respect and to serve others needs with that framework. We all need compassion, and often the hardest compassion to give is self-compassion, as we can be our biggest critics. While I’m a continual work in progress, these are the principles that guide me in all areas of my life.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
On March 1st, I’ll celebrate my 17th year at Big Brothers Big Sisters. I’ve held many roles within the organization, which have enabled me to learn the intricacies of the internal work of creating and sustaining mentoring matches, while being constantly filled with inspiration from the community impacts resulting from these life-changing relationships. Leading a non-profit in the midst of a pandemic, faced with reduced funding and resources has been very challenging. Our mentoring model is based on face-to-face, one-to-one connection, and the shift to required social distancing, has caused BBBS to innovate and adapt to survive. But our mentors have risen to the call and have gone above and beyond to make their “Littles” a priority and to our Littles, this is been a life-line during this extended time of isolation. With so much heartbreak and injustice in our world, being a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters is a daily reminder that there are still so many people willing to put the needs of someone they would have never met in their normal daily lives, foremost, and invest in building their potential, which sparks hope and fuels a movement that brings real and lasting change. We know from research that mentoring can change the trajectory of a child’s life, but notably it also positively impacts the mentor, inspiring them to do better, be better and realize that the more they give, the more they receive. And that has been my experience as well. Joining in service to the San Diego community, we experience collective courage, hope and abundant wholehearted living. Somedays balancing my own personal pandemic life with two school-aged children, with the needs of leading a dynamic non-profit make me feel as if I am not enough. And truthfully, on my own I am not enough, but I am not alone. I am surrounded by a community that believes in the power of hope through giving of who you are, imperfectly perfect, to invest in our youth while showing them how to reach their biggest possible potential.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Like many San Diegans, I was brought to San Diego through the military. My father was in the Navy and I came here when I was in 1st grade. I think San Diego has a beautiful story to tell due to its military presence and one of my favorite ways to see it, is to spend the day on the beach in Coronado – with the roar of the sea and military Jets as they fly by, along with helicopters and planes. There is so much energy and history in Coronado. A day there would not be complete without a visit to the Hotel Del for a treat and to see the Sandcastle Man’s latest masterpiece. The rest of my week’s itinerary would be: – SUP at Mission Bay, followed by lunch at the Catamaran and to visit the birds – A stroll through Little Italy’s Farmer’s Market; Dinner at C-Level for the amazing view and “Skirts on Fire” salad – A trip to Lion’s, Tigers and Bears in Alpine for a real up-close experience with some amazing rescued animals – A hike at Torrey Pines – A trip to PETCO park to see the Padres play (Can’t wait to do this again!) – Kayak in La Jolla to check out the caves and marine life

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This year, we celebrate 60 years of life-changing mentoring programs in San Diego County through Big Brothers Big Sisters, and there are so many who have come before me and work alongside me now, from board members, supporters and staff, that have been integral in seeing that this agency become the premiere mentoring organization in San Diego County. But no one deserves more credit than the volunteer mentors, who give of themselves selflessly to guide children through their formative years with patience and commitment.

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