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.