Linden Mentor Honored As Big Sister Of The Year

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LINDEN – A Linden mentor has been honored as the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America “Big Sister of the Year.”

Angela Rodriquez, an assistant clothing store manager, said she has watched her Little Sister, Sabriyah Jones of Newark, “grow from a 9-year-old shy little girl into a remarkable 17-year-old young woman.”

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Jones said her many experiences with Rodriquez — visits to monuments, book signings, beach trips, even creating an opportunity for her to work at a theater concession stand — have shaped who she is today.

The teenager will begin college next fall and plans to become a lawyer.  Sabriyah’s mother, Sharonda Jones, who enrolled her daughter in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson and Union Counties when she was a third grader, said Rodriquez has been a constant and consistent inspiration to her daughter.

A single mother, Jones anted to provide her children with every opportunity to succeed.  When Sabriyah heads off to college, Rodriquez will continue supporting her Little Sister’s family as Big Sister to Sabriyah’s six-year-old sister, Zahiriah.

“I have never seen such a passion-driven individual who even in these trying economic times continues to mentor,” said Chrissy Steed, the mentor manager who supports Rodriquez, Sabriyah and her family in the mentoring match.

A national panel of judges selected the ‘Bigs of the Year’ from applications submitted by many of the mentoring network’s nearly 400 agencies.


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