EATONTOWN – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties (BBBSMMC) has expanded its services in Middlesex County thanks in part to a $12,000 grant from The Provident Bank Foundation.
“Thanks to the generous donation from The Provident Bank Foundation, BBBSMMC is thrilled to report that our expansion into Middlesex County is on track to serve more than 60 at-risk youth throughout 2012,” said William Salcedo, executive director of BBBSMMC.
Originally started as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth County, the organization recognized the need for youth mentoring in Middlesex County and gained approval from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to serve children there on Jan. 1, 2011. Since then, BBBSMMC has been working to partner with local schools and communities in an effort to support its mission of providing children with strong and enduring relationships that change their lives for the better.
“We are delighted to help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties in their effort to expand mentoring. The organization is doing some great things to expand its presence and help more youth in surrounding communities,” said Kendall Warsaw, executive director of The Provident Bank Foundation.
This year, BBBSMMC partnered with Perth Amboy school district and started two new “HS Bigs” programs where high school students mentor younger students on the transition from middle school. This program now helps more than 40 youth in the community.
In addition to the school-based partnerships and programs, the BBBSMMC staff has also been hard at work with mentor applications and have matched 20 Middlesex children with mentors to date.
To be considered for a BBBSMMC match, children must be residents of Monmouth or Middlesex counties and between the ages of 6 and 14. Once an application is received, an interview will be arranged and a case worker will match “Bigs” and “Littles” based on interest and geographic areas. Once matched, the pair will partake in free or low-cost community activities twice a month ranging from hiking at Holmdel Park, kayaking/canoeing, mountain biking, fishing, shooting hoops, baking a cake, going to the library, eating ice cream or just catching rays on the beach.
For more information about BBBSMMC, visit www.bbbsmonmouth.org.