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!