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.