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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Inc.

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Causes: Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Children & Youth

Mission: Big Brothers Big Sisters believes that all youth can achieve their full potential. Our Mission is to “Create and support one to one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.”

Results: Mentoring truly empowers youth and strengthen communities. Positive mentoring relationships have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. Nationally, youth who participate Big Brothers Big Sisters programs are more confident in their schoolwork performance, able to get along better with their families, 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to begin using alcohol, and 52% less likely to skip school. Locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters served 590 youth last year with similar positive outcomes. Across all programs mentored youth were engaged and more confident in their academic performance, showed improvement in avoidance of risky behaviors able to get along better with their peers and families, and began to set goals and take action steps toward their future.

Target demographics: Children in Palm Beach and Martin Counties aged 6-18

Direct beneficiaries per year: 590 Youth

Geographic areas served: Providing mentors to Children and Youth so that they can reach their brightest potential.

Programs: Community-Based Mentoring, School Based Mentoring, School to Work

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity has provided much needed mentoring for students in school at different stages. I have been a volunteer in the in school program for 2 schools in Martin County prior to the Covid 19 shutdown. The students loved the extra attention to help with classroom work and skills or after class mentoring. The School to Work Program provides mentoring for high school students transitioning to college and professional career. This helps them plan and prepare for college entrance and understand their career choice requirements. Most of these students will be the first in their family to attend college. It was a great curriculum and opportunity for the students to get advice. I applaud the BBBS programs in Palm Beach and Martin County. The staff are very dedicated to each and every participant and do make a difference in their lives.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you to Big Brothers Big Sisters for allowing me to mentor a student. I was able to provide assistance to my mentee by guiding her through a series of steps she had to complete. Each step helped her pin point what she needed to focus on for her future in high school, college and career. By using the program, it was able to bring out her strengths and weaknesses and I was therefore able to make suggestions on what she needed to look into further so she could try to improve. It is a useful program because it provided the student with accountability, it had a time frame in which it needed to be completed to gain their needed credit, something that will be needed in their future no matter what they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin County in July 2020. The match process was amazing as the program really took the time to interview me, understand my interests, goals of the program and availability. Within a week they found a match for me and my little brother. The team has followed up with me on a continuous basis, asking how things are going, making suggestions and providing excellent mentor ship. This is my first experience as a Big Brother and am extremely thankful for the support that this specific team has provided.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

BBBS helps youth gain the skills they need to be successful in their futures. In my experience, I learned how to network with other professionals , and pursue my career vision. The best part is that you are able to work with your mentor to find the right career path.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BBBS is imparting youth with the knowledge necessary for their transition from high school to college. As a business mentor, I give insight about career options, resumes, paying for college, and networking. I enlisted as a volunteer to give back to the community . Through the sharing of information with my mentees I am reminded of how much the youths’ future is dependent on those who have passed this stage of life to share what we’ve learned.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m Dorana, And being apart of big brothers and sisters mentor program was a beneficial experience. I was able to learn new skills that I can alt in my everyday day life!.Although I had a hard time catching up I was still encouraged to complete my workshops and try my best. Over all this was the best experience I chosen to do.

Jai Tahlea A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best way for the kids to get mentor-ship. I didn't know that this was available to me in High School. This is a great asset for the youth.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a fantastic nonprofit that has not skipped a beat since COVID. The dedicated volunteer mentors continue to be present in their Littles lives during this unprecedented time. They truly understand the importance of keeping kids connected.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a great organization. I’ve learned so much from my mentor and it’s a good environment. I used to be really shy and they’ve helped me be more outgoing. I love Big Brothers Big Sisters!

Client Served

Rating: 5

They gave me a really great opportunity that helped me with many things. I learned things that will continue to serve me for years.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This nonprofit organization has been really helpful by figuring out what I could be in the future and great information that can help me succeed in life

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being apart of Big Brothers Big Sisters was an amazing opportunity. Through this organization, I was able to break more out of my shell and start building my networking list. Even though we are currently experiencing a pandemic this organization didn't let that stop them and was able to continue the internship program and for that, I am thankful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with this non-profit as a mentor. It was an incredible program run by passionate and committed individuals. Everyone that I came in contact with went above and beyond. Their dedication and commitment greatly benefits the children that they are working with and the community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

With this non-profit organization I was able to get out of my shell and networking with professional related to my future career. The Big brothers and Big sisters their are very nice. I walked out of this program with new skills and opportunities that I didn’t know I had.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Big brothers and sisters has gave me a experience of meeting new people it gave me more experience and experience in others.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Big Brothers Big Sisters changed my life forever. I was in this program for about 8 months, and I have learned so much. When COVID hit, they didn’t panic. Instead they tried to find a solution which was to keep going online. Although it was a rough time for everyone, they still managed to keep us interested to keep going in the program. Collaborating with my mentor and my group’s leader made BBBS a wonderful experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

You won't be disappointed when going to Big Brothers Big Sisters. You'll make wonderful connections with the people there and they're are very kind and helpful. They bring wonderful programs to the community that help the children. Being a mentor for young children and having my own mentor has been a great experience everyone should have an opportunity to have. I recommend emailing them for more information! Thank you Anna, Marisa and Nicole.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with BBBS has been great despite the pandemic. I wish I could have gotten a better experience in person, but my time here has been amazing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties undertook a novel approach to mentorship in 2020. Within a few weeks, they were able to adapt to difficult times and deliver resources to high school students. Their persistence in being a stand for the youth and ingenuity in creating new methods of operating are to be marveled. I look forward excited to continue as a mentor and make a difference in the lives of students.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BBBS is an amazing nonprofit that allows children to be children. These kids are able to leave their problems at home and go out and experience new events. BBBS plans and provides funding for these events. I was able to take my little sister to the zoo and zip-lining and transportation was even included. It’s was an amazing experience and she loved it!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I LOVE BBBS of PB and Martin County! They are always avaliable for questions you have and are really good at matching Littles and bigs. I have been a mentor with BBBS of Martin County for 3 years. I am so thankful for them for matching me with my little sister.

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I retired from my job I had a lot more time on my hands, and I had heard a lot of positive comments about BBBS, so I applied to be a 'big' with the BBBS of Palm Beach & Martin Counties. It has been an extraordinarily wonderful adventure, both for myself and for my 'little', Sidian. The staff worked closely with me to find a match (we both love reading, nature and bike riding) and were always there to support us both. This was very important to me as I had never been a parent. They answered questions, provided reading suggestions, ensured we were invited to events that we were both interested in, etc. The BBBS staff check in with me, Sidian and her mother regularly to ensure everything is going well and four years on, I know Sidian will always be part of my life. BBBS has a tireless group of dedicated, extremely hard working staff that make me very proud to be associated with them and has changed my life, and Sidian's, forever. I am now happy to be volunteering on the Board and involved with fund raising for events.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BBBS does great work and provides a much needed service of mentoring our youth by establishing happy and healthy relationships. Highly recommended!

Jessalynn Haley T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BBBS of the Palm Beaches is such a professional organization and they really cared about each child individually.

You could tell that they took the time to get to know each of the children in the program, learning about them so that when they were matched with a mentor it was just the perfect fit. They kept track of the kids and gently guided them when they needed it.

As far as it came to the mentoring experience they really worked hard to make sure it was the best fit for everyone. The platform we used allowed the students to grow and for the mentors to be able to advice them properly. They allowed us to truly be a role model for these young adults. It was empowering for us as well as the students.

This organization truly cares about the kids and wants these kids to be the next leaders in life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dreams do come true. I'm truly grateful for the caring, supportive men and women mentors of the Big brother's Big Sister's organization My children are super happy. This organization has changed my kids life. They're more focus , never been more confident and eager to go after the things they love. My children have always been responsible, caring and loving. This organization is setting the path for very successful leaders in the making. Thank you so much for all your efforts. Sylvia Reid

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met my Little in 2015. We are complete opposites personality wise but enjoyed the same activities. It has worked out great! Over the years, our friendships has grown and changed. We used to talk about music and school, now we are talking about rent and buying a car. She is an amazing young lady and will always be in her corner and there for her if she needs me.

Richard E. L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am thrilled at the opportunity to give an outstanding review for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach & Martin Counties. I am a retired Macy's VP General Manager and have been volunteering on the board for 13 years in different capacities. The agency is dedicated to ensuring that all children have the opportunity to grow! The mentorship program is bar none the best at one on one relationships between the Bigs and Littles who form lifelong bonds. Our staff aligns together to drive our agency to success with that mission. The ever changing world has made it very difficult to keep our children growth opportunities, however, our agency has stepped up to the plate through technology to become a leader in the non-profit world. It starts at the top, Yvette Flores Acevedo our CEO lead the way for positive change and growth. Our staff is truly committed to exceed expectations. A team working together, is always successful.
I look forward to the continued success of our agency.

Chelsea O.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great program for engaging youth, preparing them for the future! Being a mentor was personally rewarding and made you reflect on your own goals as you help to guide your mentee in figuring out their goals. Even virtual this program was great, look forward to future experiences.

Richard B.4

Board Member

Rating: 5

We love the staff at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Martin and Palm Beach Counties. Last year we participate in their School to Work Program which was a GREAT experience for our staff and the kids.

1 Kara T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spending time with my Little Sister is amazing! I can see her improving in reading and language arts- she is doing a fantastic job. Plus, we get to do a ton of exciting activities together. I would recommend this program to anyone looking for some volunteer hours who wants to help children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties is a fantastic organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Inc. is a wonderful organization. I am proud to be a part of something BIG!