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Hands on Learning, Hands on Earning, Youth Work Experience and Training

By | June 20th, 2017|Categories: News|

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties has successfully launched an innovative School to Work mentoring program. Palm Beach County at-risk youth will gain critical skills needed to achieve their full career potential through a mentoring relationship with a caring adult role model. By partnering with us, companies are making an investment in the development of the next generation of leaders.

Youth are matched in one to one mentoring relationships with company employees who, through structured program activities, help map out the children’s futures. Each program day is designed and facilitated by a BBBS School to Work Coordinator. Our goal is to make the program as easy as possible for our business partners. Our School to Work Coordinator takes care of all the details in planning and coordinating program logistics. We work with our partners to tailor programming to best meet the needs of the company and the youth we serve. Corporate partners benefit from a turnkey approach to meet philanthropic goals while supporting employee development and morale. Outside their workplace mentorships, youth will also attend team-building exercises and learn about college opportunities by touring Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus.

So far, students have learned about critical thinking, financial planning, budgeting, leadership skills, ethics, and soft skills. Upcoming lessons include, introduction to college, financial aid, resume building, interviewing, conflict management, and teamwork.

Thank you to our current partners including Palm Beach County Youth Services, Lost Tree Village Charitable Foundation, William and Helen Thomas Charitable Trust, NetOne Technologies, Ranger Construction, Chen Moore and Associates, Village Of Wellington, West Palm Beach Police Department, Salvation Army, and Green Home Improvement. Our guest speakers include Business Etiquette Trainer, Barbara Wymer, HNTB Engineer, Kyle Cheerangie, Travelpro HR Coordinator, Alicia Abrahams, Kim Gibbons from Village of Wellington, JP Morgan Wealth Planner and Board Member, Portia Culley, and Palm Beach State College Workforce Program Specialist, Alexandria Cunningham.

BBBS is now seeking other Palm Beach corporations to establish additional School to Work mentoring sites. If you think your company would be interested in exploring a School to Work partnership, please contact us at LCherilus@mentorbig.org.

BBBS Recognizes Volunteers & Board Members at Bonefish Grill Luncheon

By | June 13th, 2017|Categories: News|

June 13, 2017 (Stuart, FL) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties (BBBS) honored dedicated mentors, children, and board members with a wonderful volunteer appreciation luncheon on Thursday, June 8, 2017. The luncheon would not have been possible without former Board Member and Bonefish Grill Managing Partner Allen Armstrong, who generously underwrote delicious meals. The talented Bonefish Grill Stuart staff worked before business hours and generously served their signature Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer, side salad, and a delicious entrée’ of Grouper, mashed potatoes, and, green beans. Children who attended with their “Big Brother” or “Big Sister” mentors shared the transformative impact the program has had on their life, as well as the lives of their families.

In addition to recognizing volunteer contributions, BBBS of Palm Beach and Martin Counties honored CEO, Bill Bee, as he prepares for retirement. The staff of BBBS presented Mr. Bee with a small token of their appreciation and well wishes from all in attendance.  Mr. Bee has served as CEO to the agency over the last 13 years and has been a mentor to his Little Brother Patrick for 12 years. Although Patrick is now 18 years old, his relationship with Mr. Bee remains strong. Patrick was pleased to speak about his admiration for their relationship through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Patrick stated, “He kept me out of trouble and he saved me.”

BBBS is always looking for volunteers to support mentoring programs in both Palm Beach and Martin Counties.  If interested in learning more about Big Brothers Big Sisters, please contact us by phone at 772.283.8112, via email at info@mentorbig.org, or at our website www.mentorbig.org. Start Something Big!

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties

BBBS provides children facing adversity aged 6-17 with volunteer mentors who serve as positive role models.  Since 1986 the organization has provided mentors to children in Martin County and since July 2010 in Palm Beach County.  Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBSA) recognized the Martin County Organization in 2007 as one of the 35 best performing agencies.  Business leader ranked BBBS in 2009, 2010, and 2011 as one of the top 100 South Florida small businesses.  Visit www.mentorbig.org to learn more.

Pictured from left to right: Richard Levine, BBBS Board Treasurer Patrick Coolidge, Former Little Brother to Bill Bee, CEO of BBBS
Pictured from left to right: Richard Levine, BBBS Board Treasurer Patrick Coolidge, Former Little Brother to Bill Bee, CEO of BBBS

THE TASTE OF MARTIN COUNTY PRESENTED BY BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF PALM BEACH AND MARTIN COUNTIES EVENT DATE IS OCTOBER 10, 2017-NEW DATE-NEW VENUE

By | February 20th, 2017|Categories: News|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Stuart, FL- February 20, 2017)– The nonprofit, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties has been putting on the popular fundraiser, the Taste of Martin County for 20 years. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 instead of March 28, 2017 as it has been previously announced.

The date change will result in a larger event that will continue to attract local and seasonal residents from Palm Beach County and throughout the Treasure Coast. The event will be held at The Stuart Jet Center located at 2501 SE Aviation Way in Stuart. Surrounded with the ambiance of all the private jets, the Taste of Martin County will soar to new heights at the new location improving upon the culinary experience everyone has come to know and love.

Big Brothers Big Sisters will celebrate their 31st Anniversary this year, while continuing their mission to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties CEO and President, Bill Bee says “The expression goes; you can’t change a leopard’s spots, but that is what we will create with the new Taste –wait and see!”.

The Taste of Martin County will continue to feature over 30 local chefs offering a variety of cuisines from local restaurants serving up their signature dishes. This year will feature new additions that will make it bigger and better.

Get your appetite ready! Save the date for this year’s Taste of Martin County event on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 as it will be a delectable culinary experience.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties:

BBBS provides children facing adversity aged 6-17 with volunteer mentors who serve as positive role models. Since 1986 the organization has provided mentors to children in Martin County and since July 2010 in Palm Beach County. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) recognized the Martin County organization in 2007 as one of the 35 best performing agencies nationwide. BBBSA recognized CEO William P. Bee Jr. as “CEO of the Year- Small Agency Category” in 2007. South Florida Business Leader Magazine ranked BBBS in 2009 and again in 2010 as one of the top 100 South Florida small businesses. Visit www.mentorbig.org to learn more. 

 

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(561) 891-7278 jen16sardone@aol.com

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