Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham matched the first group of company employees with students at Vincent Elementary at a special Match Party held on November 5 at the school. This group of “Bigs” from EBSCO Industries were introduced to their “Littles” who they will mentor over the next year. Students from Vincent will also be matched with older student volunteers from Vincent High School.
“We are excited to continue our expansion into Shelby County” said Kim Egan, Program Director for the Shelby County program.
Kim and the Shelby County Advisory Council have played a significant role in the development of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program in Shelby County. Josh Brasher from EBSCO Industries serves on the Shelby County Advisory Council. BBBS has had enormous support from both Vincent Elementary and EBSCO.
Principal Beverly Miller of Vincent Elementary stated that she’s excited about the shared opportunity and is looking forward to seeing the rewards from this experience.
“It’s so important for our children to have someone in their lives to understand them and who just may change their lives forever,” said Miller. “I have wanted a mentor program since I became principal at Vincent. It is so important for students to have adult role models in their lives.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters anticipates further expanding the school based and community-based programs in Shelby County in the coming year. Big Brothers Big Sisters is appreciative of the Shelby County Advisory Council and their leadership in this program expansion.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation’s premier youth mentoring organization. Operating under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to achieve success in life, Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. These relationships allow children to develop sound values, positive self-esteem, and become productive members in our community. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham is an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, which has over 400 chapters worldwide. The Greater Birmingham chapter, directed by CEO Sue S. Johnson, has been serving the children of Central Alabama for 40 years and is a United Way agency. Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life, donate or volunteer today at www.bbbsbhm.org or by calling 205.939.5590.