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4 08, 2017

Thank you to School to Work Supporters

By | August 4th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

On behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, we would like to thank you for supporting the School to Work Program. On the night of Wednesday, August second, twenty four youth shared their appreciation to the businesses, mentors, guest speakers, peers, guardians, and supporters for the opportunity to complete hands on learning and internships at several Palm Beach County businesses. The children completed the program feeling a sense of direction for their future, pathways to achieve successes, and new relationships to support their dreams. We wanted to share just one thank you note from a student who successfully completed the program:

I would like to personally show my appreciation for your out most impacts in my life. Thank you for the laughs, the lessons, the motivations, thank you for the inspiration and all others things you guys, and your guest speakers have implanted in my life. Thank you to the sponsors and everyone that have  put their heart into creating such an enriching program, though I only stayed with you guys for a few weeks, your impacts will be remembered for a life time. Most of all thank you for pushing my dreams of change in the world. I hope to let you guys see your impact in the future through my actions. Again I say thank you.

Although many of you know that mentoring changes lives for the better forever, we would also like to share a success story that started five years ago. The guest speakers for the evening were Willie Perez, Marshon Brown and Jameriah Robinson. Mr. Perez is Regional Security Manager and an Alumni Big Brother mentor. In 2012, Big Brothers Big Sisters introduced him to his mentees Marshon and Jameriah. During their mentorship, they patrolled the CityPlace, wrote essays, and met local business owners. Perez saw the impact he was creating and hired the two young men as CityPlace Ambassadors. Almost five years later, Perez shares that although he volunteered to change their lives, he learned more from them then he can ever thank them for. Both of the young men plan on giving back to their community and want to continue into law enforcement. Perez has saved all of their essays and plans to give them to Marshon and Jameriah at their police academy graduation. Please enjoy graduation photos here

Thank you again to our current partners including Palm Beach County Youth Services, Lost Tree Village Charitable Foundation, William and Helen Thomas Charitable Trust, The Jim Moran Foundation, NetOne Technologies, Ranger Construction, Chen Moore and Associates, Village Of Wellington, West Palm Beach Police Department, Salvation Army, Delray Medical Center, Mandel Public Library and BusOne. Also thank you to guest speakers Barbara Wymer, Kyle Cheerangie, Alicia Abrahams, Kim Gibbons, Portia Culley, Gizelle Reyes, Lourdes Sanchez, Lynette Levy, Vivi Ahrenstein, Jean Fadael, and Alexandria Cunningham. Lastly this program would not be possible without the School to Work Committee including Bob Schafer, Richard Bova, Todd LaVogue, and Samantha Reilly. Thank you!

 

20 06, 2017

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

By | June 20th, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments

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.

13 06, 2017

BBBS Recognizes Volunteers & Board Members at Bonefish Grill Luncheon

By | June 13th, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments

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

30 05, 2017

BBBSPBMC’s Tournament “Driving for a Future” was a BIG Success

By | May 30th, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments

Stuart-April 4th, 2017– The weather was perfect and the generosity was flowing. Treasure Coast Estate buyers, Andrew Hunt, and the Yacht & Country club partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties (BBBSPBMC) for our 21st annual Big Golf Tournament. The Big tournament typically held in conjunction with the Taste of Martin County was a standalone event this year due to the Taste being changed to October 10, 2017 in its new location, the Stuart Jet Center.

The festivities were located at the scenic private Yacht & Country Club in Stuart. Golfers enjoyed a brunch, barbeque dinner, along with refreshments on the course, and goody bags filled with gift certificates to Gaffords, golf balls, Hi-Tide sunglasses, and much more. Mr. Laird Smith was the proud winner of our live auction a Foursome to the Medalist Golf Club. Thanks to the generosity from local businesses and the golfers who participated in this year’s event BBBSPBMC was able to raise funds to support mentoring programs that help change children’s lives for the better, forever.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity aged 6-18 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.  South Florida Business Leader Magazine ranked BBBS in 2009 and again in 2010 as one of the top 100 South Florida small businesses. In 2015, the agency was awarded the Doyle Award for Nonprofit Excellence by the Sun Sentinel. Visit www.mentorbig.org to learn more.

12 05, 2017

Hands on Learning, Hands on Earning

By | May 12th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties is piloting an innovative new summer School to Work mentoring program that will provide Palm Beach County at-risk youth with the 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.

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, and Delray Medical Center.

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.

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