Mike Mascaro’s journey with Big Brothers Big Sisters began several years ago when, as an 8-year-old, he became a Little Brother in the community-based program with Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters in Conn. He was witness to the impact of mentoring firsthand, after bring matched with his Big Brother Tim Ruark for several years. The two are still in contact with one another today.
Based in Berlin, Conn., Mike holds a successful career as an executive with Comcast. Bringing his mentoring adventure full circle, Mascaro is a Big Brother to Aavon, a ten-year-old boy participating in the Beyond School Walls program in which Nutmeg and Comcast are partners. Mike also serves on the Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors.
As a long-time active member in Beyond School Walls, Mascaro has had one other Little in addition to Aavon. On a typical day, Mike and Aavon might spend a little while working on Aavon’s homework projects depending on where they stand. They play board games, computer games and math games that Mike has created himself (Mike and Aavon both enjoy math.) And, of course, they play sports. If the weather cooperates, they often spend time outside passing a football or kicking a soccer ball around.
As a Board Member at Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, Mascaro works to promote the organization in ways that encourage financial donations and the recruitment of volunteers so that more children in need have the opportunity to be matched with inspirational Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He speaks at community events, telling the story of how having a Big Brother changed his life and how so many children today need the same opportunity. And, whenever asked, he attends meetings with potential agency partners to show how the approach his company (Comcast) takes in support of mentoring is one that others can adapt and adopt.
“First and foremost,” said Andy Fleischmann, Nutmeg’s President and CEO, “Mike Mascaro has been an amazing ‘Big Brother’ to the two young boys he’s been matched with in the ‘Beyond School Walls’ mentoring program we manage together with Comcast. Just as his own ‘Big Brother’ did for him years ago, Mike has encouraged and inspired his Littles to pursue their dreams and fulfill their great potential. As a former Little Brother and current Big Brother, Mike is living proof that Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring can help transform individuals, families and communities. Additionally, Mike’s understanding of mentoring from all angles – and his tremendous energy and enthusiasm – makes him a highly valued member of our Board of Directors.”
This past summer, Mike Mascaro was inducted into the Hartford Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” Class of 2013. An impartial panel of judges selected forty people who have made a significant improvement in the region’s communities over the past year.
Also this summer, Mike was awarded a Myra H. Kraft 2013 Community Service award. The award is named for the late wife of the owner of the New England Patriots, who dedicated her life to helping communities and individuals in need through her advocacy of volunteerism. In all six of the New England states, only 26 individuals were presented a Myra Kraft award this year.