NY Daily News: “‘Big’ rewards in helping youths”
Analiese Griffin from the NY Daily News highlights the four year connection between “big” Paul Pabon, and his “little” Justin. Both members of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City, the duo are a prime example of how the mentoring program benefits the youth of NYC. While the organization has 500 chapters nationally, and already serves 4,000 young people in NYC, BBBS is constantly in need of more volunteers.
As per the article:
“The mission hasn’t changed much in 110 years,” says Batista. “Kids still need positive role models. Even though they’re dealing with more complicated issues today like incarceration, aging out of foster care, single-parent households, becoming young mothers and being recent immigrants, the theme, the mission hasn’t changed.”
Batista notes that BBBS needs more male volunteers and more girls to match with female Bigs, especially Spanish speakers. For his part, Pabon has added new volunteers from his own social network. “I’ve recruited friends to be part of it, and I wish I could recruit more,” he says.
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