Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC launches city-wide mentor recruitment & fundraising campaign for 2018
Press Release – NEW YORK, January 8, 2018 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC (BBBS of NYC), the nation’s first and New York’s largest youth mentoring organization, today kicked off National Mentoring Month with the launch of its 2018 campaign to recruit volunteer mentors and raise critical funds in order to serve more young people in New York City.
“As our organization commemorates National Mentoring Month, we honor the thousands of men and women across the five boroughs that have devoted themselves to helping youth achieve their full potential. Mentoring is a critical component in a child’s life, and as the nation’s first youth mentoring organization, we witness the impact it makes every single day,”” said Hector Batista, chief executive officer of BBBS of NYC. “Our volunteer mentors and the financial support of our donors drive our mission. And in the spirit of National Mentoring Month, we encourage New Yorkers to become involved and help us ensure brighter and successful futures for youth across our city. As New Yorkers, we have a responsibility to our next generation of leaders.”
Among the various celebratory and recruitment-driven events is the highly anticipated Tournament of Champions Pong on Thursday, January 25th, at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall. Now in its 10th year, the annual table tennis tournament will help raise critical funds to benefit BBBS of NYC’s youth mentoring programs.
By the end of 2018, BBBS of NYC hopes to raise funds that will strengthen current match relationships and pair hundreds more children that are currently awaiting a match with positive mentors. Approximately $3,500 funds the establishment of a new one-on-one match relationship for one year.
BBBS of NYC currently serves more than 5,500 young people across the five boroughs each year through a variety of specialized mentoring programs. BBBS of NYC’s programs provide young people with the resources they need to excel in their academics and lead successful lives: 99% of the Littles BBBS of NYC serves are promoted to the next grade, 99% of high school seniors graduate from high school, and 93% of Littles who graduate from high school are accepted into college.
Mentoring is open to adults 21 or older who reside in the five boroughs, and it is free to volunteer. To become a volunteer mentor, donate, or learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC and National Mentoring Month, please visit: http://www.bigsnyc.org/.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City
Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC (BBBS of NYC), the nation’s first and NYC’s largest youth mentoring organization, has served the changing needs of New York City’s most at-risk youth since 1904. The volunteer- and donor-based organization offers a variety of specialized mentoring programs to help children facing more complex challenges – including immigrant youth, children of incarcerated parents and those in foster care – as well as the Workplace Mentoring Program, which helps businesses throughout New York City positively impact the lives of young people and build a foundation for professional success. Additionally, since 1992 BBBS of NYC has worked through its Center for Training and Professional Development to equip non-profit professionals throughout New York City to develop and enhance their own mentor-based programs and organizations.
Through the support of individuals, foundations and corporations, this not-for-profit agency has been able to change the lives of the city’s most disadvantaged children, matching them with caring adult role models – dependable friends who can help to expand their horizons, realize their potential and enrich their futures. All contributions enable BBBS of NYC to continue to foster current match relationships and also provide more New York City children with life-changing mentors. Approximately $3,500 funds the establishment of a new one-on-one match relationship for one year. To learn more, become a mentor, donate and/or offer support, please visit www.bigsnyc.org.
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