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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Inc. Earns GuideStar Platinum 2017 Seal of Transparency

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Inc. is proud to announce they have earned the highest level given by GuideStar to Nonprofits the “Platinum Seal of Transparency.” Our GuideStar Platinum profile includes metrics that show the progress the agency is making toward its mission. To reach the Platinum level, Big Brothers Big Sisters PBMC added extensive information to its Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar: basic contact and organizational information, in-depth financial information, qualitative information about goals, strategies, and capabilities. Also providing quantitative information about results and progress toward its mission. By taking the time to provide this information, Big Brothers Big Sister of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Inc. has demonstrated its commitment to transparency and to giving donors and funders meaningful data to evaluate overall agency effectiveness. The agency is excited to bring new and innovative programs allowing the agency to expand mentoring services in 2017. Providing Palm Beach and Martin County children with services that are tailored to individual needs, while allowing a variety of ways to Mentor a child, or volunteer with the agency.  We invite you to learn more about our agency on GuideStar at www.guidestar.org/profile/59-2676889 or on our website www.mentorbig.org

BBBS Awarded Google Ad Grant and Sponsorship from NewEra Collective

By | September 25th, 2017|Categories: News|

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Inc. is proud to announce our acceptance into the Google AdWords Grants program. Through Google’s nonprofit program, we will receive up to $120,000 in in-kind advertising each year. Our participation will enable us to display our message to people who are searching for nonprofits in our local area on a daily basis.

We have partnered with NewEra Collective, who will be donating $18,000 in annual services to manage our participation in the Google AdWords Grant program. Through their expertise in search engine marketing, we will be able to develop high-quality ads to reach more volunteers, more donors, and more children and families in need.

About Google for Nonprofits:

No matter how your nonprofit makes a difference, Google’s nonprofit resources can help you connect to the people who matter, increase support, and raise greater awareness on a global stage. Google offers free resources for qualifying organizations including G Suite, Google Ad Grants, YouTube Nonprofit Program, Google One Today and Google Earth Outreach. Click here to learn more.

About NewEra Collective:

NewEra Collective is a boutique marketing agency based in Delray Beach, FL. They specialize in helping small businesses get found online through various digital services including Search Engine Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing, Email Marketing and more. NewEra offers Google AdWords Grants management for approved nonprofits who need help spreading their message and reaching a larger audience to further their mission. Click here to learn more.

At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin counties, our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. We look forward to seeing how our relationship with NewEra Collective and the Google Ad Grants Program will help us to further our mission in South Florida.

Big Brothers Big Sisters looking to serve more children in the community & welcomes new staff members

By | August 23rd, 2017|Categories: News|

In the last several years, Big Brothers Big Sisters’ impact in Palm Beach and Martin Counties has extended to over 550 children annually. In an effort to continue serving families and children in our communities, they have implemented new programs and received new grants, which allow them to increase staff. In Martin County, they seek to expand their reach and provide mentoring services to young boys and girls throughout the county. They have added two new team members to aid in those efforts. They recently welcomed Courtney Buckel, as well as Tiffany Cristoforo who both come with experience in youth services and a passion to better the life of children. Courtney will be supporting the Community-Based program while Tiffany facilitates the School-Based program. Parents are encouraged to enroll their children, as child enrollment is currently underway.

The Palm Beach County team also welcomed Kyle Gomez, former Case Manager Intern at Big Brothers Big Sisters, who will be joining the Community-Based team. He joins having demonstrated a passion to help families in the program, as well as the discipline and work ethics to successfully assist volunteers and families.  The agency hopes more men will step up to be mentor as the waitlist for boys in the community program reaches well over 50 boys. The inverse is seen for Big Sister/Little Sister relationships as they place girls with female volunteers waiting to volunteer.

BBBS provides children facing adversity ages 6-17 with volunteer mentors who serve as positive role models. The organization is celebrating its 31st year providing mentors to children in Martin County since 1986 and in Palm Beach County since July of 2010. In 2015, the Sun Sentinel awarded our agency with the Doyle Award for Nonprofit Excellence. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) recognized the Martin County organization in 2007 as one of the 35 best performing agencies nationwide. South Florida Business Leader Magazine ranked BBBS in 2009, 2010, and again in 2011 as one of the top 100 South Florida small businesses. To find out how you can get involved, visit www.mentorbig.org.

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

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