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TAMPA, FL (November 18, 2022) – The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters of America two grants totaling $13.5 million to continue the national nonprofit’s evidence-based one-to-one mentoring program. 

The first grant is the Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative; the second is the OJJDP Mentoring for Youth Affected by Opioids and Other Substance Misuse initiative. The investment in these two critical programs will mean that youth (called “Littles”) in communities across the country will be matched with caring adult mentors (called “Bigs”), by more than 90 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the country.  

When comparing Big Brothers Big Sisters Risk and Protective Inventory (RPI) data to national data, parents who have children enrolled in a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program report that 24% have one or more family members who has a problem with alcoholism or drug use, compared to 10% of children nationally. Funding is especially critical today, as mentoring is needed now more than ever with youth facing challenges stemming from the pandemic.  

“We hear from parents and caregivers daily about how our mentoring program has been key to their young person reaching their full potential, yet 16 million youth in America are growing up without a positive, sustained mentor,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President and CEO Artis Stevens. “The increased support from OJJDP will give Big Brothers Big Sisters the opportunity to bring the power of mentorship to more communities across the country.” 

TAMPA, FL (November 9, 2022) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA), the preeminent leader in one-to-one youth mentoring in the United States, has announced the election of four new Board members, including Betsy Burdick, Founder and President of Momentors, Inc., Tim Ellis, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the National Football League (NFL), Nicole Peterson, Vice President, Global Planning & Analysis of UPS, and Kathy Shields, Founder and Chairperson of the Jack and Kathy Family Foundation. Together, these individuals bring unmatched levels of expertise and unique leadership skills that will help increase equity, impact, and growth across BBBSA to make a lasting impact on both young people and mentors throughout the organization.  

“We look forward to working with this strong, dedicated group of executives who bring such diverse backgrounds and experience, all with the same goal of supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s mission and values,” said Michael Carrel, BBBSA National Board Chair. “These individuals join our entire Board in our commitment to empowering young people through mentorship and leading by example to empower the next generation to thrive.”  

The newest members of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s Board include: 

Betsy Burdick: After practicing law at Reid & Reige, Cigna, Atkin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, and Mercer, Betsy shifted her focus to philanthropic causes where she could utilize her legal expertise to advocate for underserved individuals. Most recently, she has founded a nonprofit organization that provides microloans and personal coaching to small business owners who don’t have access to traditional financing and mentorship. Betsy has always been a voice for those who need strong and persuasive representation.  

Tim Ellis: Ranked Number 1 on Ad Age’s “Marketer of the Year” list in 2021, Tim’s role as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the NFL is responsible for all aspects of the NFL’s marketing organization and directly oversees research, content development, consumer engagement promotions and more. Tim is enthusiastic about making the NFL into a sports league that is making major strides to be more human and compassionate, with its finger on the pulse of societal issues.  

Nicole Peterson: Joining the Board with more than 30 years of industry knowledge, Nicole has experience leading global functions, executing financial strategy and overseeing transactions on a worldwide basis. Currently, Nicole is the Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis at UPS, where she provides strategic direction through financial planning, information management, reporting and more. With an extensive history in supporting organizations focused on improving the futures of young people, Nicole has served on the Girls, Inc. Atlanta Metro Board of Directors and was heavily involved with the Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Fort Worth, Texas.  

Kathy Shields: Kathy brings a wealth of knowledge and nonprofit experience to the BBBSA National Board. Prior to her and her husband starting the Jack and Kathy Family Foundation in 2020, dedicated to improving the lives of underserved youth in Massachusetts and Florida, Kathy sat on the board of Crossroads, a nonprofit summer camp for at-risk youth. With a passion for volunteering and helping those who need more support, Kathy has also been a member of the Charity Guild of Brockton along with being an Associate at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Kathy currently serves as the Chair of the board of her own foundation. 

“I can’t say enough about our newest group of dedicated members to our Board of Directors,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President and CEO Artis Stevens. “Everyone on our Board believes in the transformative power of mentorship and I’m looking forward to ushering in new perspectives and compassion as we work together to advance equity and mentorship access.”  

These appointments will join current BBBSA Board members, including executives from Fortune 500 companies such as PepsiCo Beverages North America, iHeartRadio, and Centene Corporation.  

To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s Board of Directors, please visit: https://www.bbbs.org/leadership/  

The social impact collaboration will work to empower young people across the nation through mentorship

This holiday season, Macy’s customers can join the effort via an eight week online

charitable giving campaign on macys.com and in-store round-up


NEW YORK, NY – October 31, 2022 – Through its game changing social purpose platform, Mission Every One, Macy’s has committed to creating brighter futures through bold representation for all. In support of youth empowerment, a guiding principle of this mission, Macy’s will launch a multi-year partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) to serve young people through the power of mentorship, creating a path for future success and impact that lasts a lifetime. This holiday season, Macy’s customers will have the opportunity to help fuel these life-changing mentoring experiences by donating online at macys.com, or rounding up purchases in-store (up to $.99) from Tuesday, Nov. 1 through Saturday, Dec. 24.

Mission Every One helps Macy’s direct our social impact work to the causes and communities that help shape a brighter future for all, but most importantly for young people,” said Bobby Amirshahi, senior vice president of Macy’s, Inc. Corporate Communications and head of Macy’s community and social impact work. “Big Brothers Big Sisters of America leads the largest youth mentoring network in the nation, with a mission that aligns with our goals to break down barriers to equity and representation and empower young people. Together we will help inspire a new generation to achieve their dreams and realize their full potential.”

As the nation’s largest youth mentoring organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s proven model empowers young people on a path for their future with a mentor whose impact lasts a lifetime. Leveraging the expertise of professionally supported mentoring experiences BBBSA’s adult volunteers (“Bigs”) inspire young people (“Littles”) to achieve post-secondary success, strengthen mental well-being, and foster an inclusive environment for all.

“Our entire Big Brothers Big Sisters network is proud to partner and fuel the work of our shared missions to create social change through collective impact – breaking down barriers for young people and empowering them on a path to a brighter future,” said Artis Stevens, president and CEO, BBBSA. “Through the power of our partnership with Macy’s and its Mission Every One platform, youth, mentors and families across the country will experience the positive impact of mentorship.”

Funds raised through Macy’s partnership will support the innovation of BBBSA’s mentoring model, to help reach and connect more young people with mentors and meaningful mentoring experiences.

The vast networks of both Macy’s and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America will partner to provide meaningful, mentoring experiences between adult volunteers and children, ages 5 through young adulthood in communities across the country.

In addition to funding, Macy’s will drive awareness of BBBSA’s mission through customer, colleague and community engagement during the height of the holiday season annually, retail’s highest profile time of year.

Littles and Bigs will be at the center of Macy’s holiday narratives this season, as individual connection and mentor stories are told through social, in-store messaging and digital media. Through this, customers will be able to engage directly with BBBSA, their people, and their mission.

This December select Macy’s stores will host customized events for Littles and Bigs in their communities. Locations will offer holiday events to help local Big Brothers Big Sisters communities kick off the holiday season in style. Complete with a visit from Santa himself, each event will invite Littles with their Big to pick out gifts on their list and enjoy everything Macy’s has to offer this holiday season.

To launch the new partnership with BBBSA, Macy’s will debut a formal celebration of mentors within the organization by offering financial bonuses, internal recognition, and exposure to senior leadership through Macy’s Best Mentor & Mentee. Colleagues will be encouraged to share examples of where they provided mentorship at a specific moment in time, peer-to-peer guidance, or a more formal mentoring relationship, including reverse mentorship. This program will be available to all Macy’s colleagues to promote the mission behind this important partnership.

For more information, please visit macys.com/purpose. Join the conversation on social by tagging @macys and @bbbsamerica.

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About Macy’s 

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE: M), serves as the style source for generations of customers. With one of the nation’s largest e-commerce platforms powered by macys.com and mobile app, paired with a nationwide network of stores, Macy’s delivers the most convenient and seamless shopping experience, offering great values in apparel, home, beauty, accessories and more. Macy’s gives customers even more ways to shop and own their style through an off-price assortment at Macy’s Backstage and at our highly curated and smaller store format, Market by Macy’s. Each year, Macy’s provides millions with unforgettable experiences through Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® and helps our customers celebrate special moments, big and small. We’re guided by our purpose—to create a brighter future with bold representation—that empowers more voice, choice and ownership for our colleagues, customers and communities.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Founded in 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is the largest and most experienced youth mentoring organization in the United States. The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ evidence-based approach is designed to create positive youth outcomes, including educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence, and improved relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters has over 230 local agencies serving more than 5,000 communities across all 50 states. For more information, visit: www.bigbrothersbigsisters.org

CONTACTS:    

Macy’s External Communications

Christine Nealon / Ryan Gannon

communications@macys.com


BBBSA Communications

Dvon Williams

Dvon.Williams@bbbsa.org

TAMPA, FL (October 27, 2022) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA), the preeminent leader in one-to-one youth mentoring organizations in the United States, joins the growing coalition pledging to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. As one of over 2,000 CEOs who have come together for CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, BBBSA President and CEO Artis Stevens is committing himself and BBBSA to advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. By signing on to this commitment, BBBSA is pledging to take action to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected and where employees feel encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion. The collective of over 2,000 signatories have already shared more than 1,400 best-known actions, exchanging tangible learning opportunities and creating collaborative conversations via the initiative’s unified hub, CEOAction.com

“Big Brothers Big Sisters of America was born out of justice to create more equity for kids, bringing together diverse communities so all kids can be included for opportunity and a better life,” said BBBSA President and CEO Artis Stevens. “I am proud that we are living our values and creating a work environment that is more diverse and inclusive.” 

Organizations joining the pledge are taking a step towards effecting positive change. A diverse and inclusive workforce facilitates community, but also drives innovation and creativity. A study found that 85 percent of those surveyed reported that diversity is a key component to fostering innovation. CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is cultivating a new type of ecosystem centered around collaboration and sharing. The actions, available via CEOAction.com, showcase real-life examples of the open and transparent conversations to cultivate more diverse and inclusive workplace environments. By joining together to tackle this critical societal issue, we hope to cultivate more diverse and inclusive workplaces in the nonprofit industry.  

The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is led by a steering committee of CEOs and leaders from Accenture, BCG, Deloitte US, The Executive Leadership Council, EY, General Atlantic, KPMG, New York Life, Procter & Gamble, and PwC. The coalition represents 85 industries, all 50 US States, and millions of employees globally. To learn more about the pledge, visit CEOAction.com. The website serves as a hub for information sharing, idea generation, and program development. With more than 1,400 best-known actions shared, companies that are not currently implementing the elements of the pledge can use it as an opportunity to learn from others that are already doing so. Learning from, and sharing, actions help companies drive greater engagement within their own programs, as well as mentor others on their journey.  

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About Big Brothers Big Sisters of America 

Founded in 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is the largest and most experienced youth mentoring organization in the United States. The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ evidence-based approach is designed to create positive youth outcomes, including educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence, and improved relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters has over 230 local agencies serving more than 5,000 communities across all 50 states. For more information, visit: www.bigbrothersbigsisters.org.  

About CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ 

CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. Bringing together over 2,000 CEOs of America’s leading organizations, the commitment outlines actions that participating companies pledge to take to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, employees feel comfortable and encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion, and where best known—and unsuccessful—actions can be shared across organizations. Learn more at CEOAction.com and connect with us on Twitter: @CEOAction.  

Collaboration features SRGN Academy youth clinics in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, along with design activation for My Cause My Cleats

NEW YORK, October 25, 2022 – The National Football League announced today a partnership with pioneering shoe customizer Dominic Ciambrone, aka ‘The Shoe Surgeon’. Recognized for his bespoke one-of-a-kind creations, Ciambrone is the founder and creative director of The Surgeon, a household name synonymous with luxury custom footwear. He has continuously transformed the high-end fashion customization and sports landscape by offering his made-to-order services for top football athletes such as Odell Beckham Jr and Jalen Ramsey. The collaboration, consisting of two key initiatives, will empower the local community and youth through fashion, football, and philanthropy.

The first initiative will be a monthly series of SRGN Academy clinics in partnership with Big Brother Big Sisters of America, a longstanding partner of the NFL and through its “Inspire Change” social justice initiative. Each SRGN Academy Workshop will teach fifteen Littles and their Bigs from local Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies about creativity and customization, as they transform a blank cleat canvas into works of art with NFL Clubs and players. These workshops will take place in Las Vegas, Miami, Los Angeles and New York.

“I’m excited to partner with the NFL and Big Brothers Big Sisters to be able to give back and empower the youth with these creative workshops,” said Ciambrone. “Without my mentor, I wouldn’t be where I am today, so it’s important to me that we provide an outlet for our children to create and be inspired.”

“At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we know when kids are provided exposure to diverse experiences and opportunities, it shows them what’s possible and can be game-changing to their trajectory in life,” said Artis Stevens, president and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. “Partnering with the NFL, Dominic, and the SRGN Academy is such a fun, unique experience to engage our youth and showcase the village of mentors who support and empower them.”

For the second part of the partnership, Ciambrone will creative direct a special My Cause My Cleats activation, where he will hand select eight local sneaker customizers and pair them with NFL players in their market. Designers will create one-of-one cleats for each player, creatively displaying the non-profit organization of their choosing. With social content reveals that debut the works of art, the custom cleats will be auctioned off with 100% of proceeds from NFL Auction going to the players’ designated charities via NFL Foundation.

“Philanthropy and community are integral to our organization, and we are incredibly excited to work with a pioneering, creative talent like Dominic to spotlight these pillars,” said Tim Ellis, NFL Chief Marketing Officer. “Our collaboration with The Shoe Surgeon and Big Brothers Big Sisters allows us give back to the local community, inspire future generations through fashion and the game of football.” 

My Cause My Cleats, the player-led campaign now in its seventh season, gives players the opportunity to bring causes to the forefront on gameday, as they choose causes that are important to them and highlight organizations on custom-designed cleats. Causes have included tackling social injustice, supporting youth, addressing mental health, raising awareness for disability research and empowering veterans.

ABOUT THE SHOE SURGEON

Dominic Ciambrone, Creative Director and Founder of the Shoe Surgeon is a pioneer in luxury footwear and customization. Widely recognized for his bespoke one-of-one creations for celebrities such as LeBron James, Justin Bieber, Drake, and more, Ciambrone is transforming the high-end fashion space by offering his made-to-order services to his elite network of clientele –reimagining the product he works on into a one-of-a-kind design. His passion for storytelling and attention to detail elevates every project, making each piece a true, personalized work of art.

From a young age, Dominic always had a desire to create. From backyard forts to Lego sets, he was overwhelmingly drawn to his ability to construct – a creative outlet that later evolved into a flourishing business. Today, The Shoe Surgeon continues to push creative boundaries by teaching the skill and process to aspiring artists and creators at his SRGN Academy, passing along his craft to the next generation.

ABOUT BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF AMERICA

Founded in 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is the largest and most experienced youth mentoring organization in the United States. The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ evidence-based approach is designed to create positive youth outcomes, including educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence, and improved relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters has over 230 local agencies serving more than 5,000 communities across all 50 states. For more information, visit: www.bigbrothersbigsisters.org.

Tampa, FL (October 10, 2022) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA), the preeminent one-to-one youth mentoring organization in the United States, has announced Ginneh Baugh as its Chief Impact Officer. Baugh will oversee strategic direction, activity and expert guidance across programs and outcomes. She will spearhead the execution of a strong impact strategy that will successfully support and strengthen BBBSA’s mission to make a lasting impact on youth and communities through mentorship. 

As a strategist, innovator, and data storyteller, Baugh brings expertise in program planning and a personal passion to strengthen pathways of opportunity for communities of color across the country. In her previous role as the Vice President of Impact and Innovation at Purpose Built Communities, she led the organization’s efforts to become more impact focused and was responsible for helping the national network of neighborhood revitalization initiatives to know, show and grow their impact. Her diverse professional experience and commitment to community and philanthropy will be a significant asset in strengthening BBBSA’s capacity of leaders, cultivating strong institutional partnerships, strategically incorporating innovations, and telling meaningful progress stories rooted in data.  

“I am thrilled and humbled by the opportunity to be a part of one of the nation’s most impactful legacy organizations and to help continue its mission in promoting justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, increasing access to mentorship, and creating lasting impact in our community,” said Ginneh Baugh, Chief Impact Officer, BBBSA. “I look forward to working alongside changemakers and passionate individuals who are dedicated to providing access to mentorship for every young person.” 

With more than 20 years of experience working in the non-profit and philanthropic sectors, Baugh has spent more than a decade of her career building organizational impact and affinity for some of the top national nonprofit brands in the country. She also held a position at United Way of Greater Atlanta, where she was a driving force behind the development of the Child Well-being Index and helping the organization use data as a catalyst for strategic investments and increasing volunteer and donor engagement. She led internal efforts to activate volunteers and executive leaders around Child Well-Being and was a driving force in garnering more impact-focused donors. 

“I’m pleased to welcome Ginneh to the Big Brothers Big Sisters family as we move into our next chapter of growth and continue to impact lives across the country through more mentorship opportunities,” said Artis Stevens, president and CEO, BBBSA. “Her leadership and expertise bring a wealth of impact strategy, community engagement experience, and personal passion that will elevate our powerful mission.”  

Baugh has also trained and provided strategic guidance to thousands of health and human service nonprofits over the years on program planning, evaluation, and results-based accountability. She is a skilled storyteller and has partnered with several leaders to tell more data-driven stories that inspire and activate stakeholders. 

Baugh holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from The Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s degree from The University of Georgia. She is based in Decatur, Georgia, along with her husband and four children.  

Legacy Organization Announces National Partnership with Lambda Theta Phi Fraternity in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month  

Tampa, FL (October 3, 2022) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA), the preeminent one-to-one youth mentoring organization in the country, has announced its partnership with Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. to expand access to mentorship nationwide through mentor recruitment, volunteering and providing more opportunities for Littles.  

Dedicated to creating a sense of belonging for those in their local communities, regardless of one’s ethnicity, background, or how they identify, this newfound alliance will elevate both organizations’ mutual commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion on a national level.   

“We are honored to partner with such an admirable organization and Lambda Theta Phi Fraternity’s thousands of members across the country who share our values of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion,” said Artis Stevens, President and CEO, BBBSA. “Providing access to mentorship for every young person, regardless of their background, is an integral part of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission. We are proud to align with Lambda Theta Phi Fraternity to further their mission and recognize the importance of representation this Hispanic Heritage Month.” 

Currently, there are more than 30,000 youth across the country waiting for mentors, called “Bigs,” with most being young boys of color. Studies show that children who have role models are more likely to do better in school, have better connections with family and friends and are less likely to be involved in delinquent behaviors. The partnership will focus on recruiting mentors, where Lambda Theta Phi members will serve as Big Brothers, join local boards, and help open doors to companies and other organizations for advocacy and financial investment to support Big Brothers Big Sisters both locally, and nationally. 

“This partnership will provide Lambda Theta Phi members with the opportunity to leverage our collective power to make a real, tangible impact on the next generation,” said Jeffrey Chavez, National President of Lambda Theta Phi. “We are excited to see our members across the country practice our ideals as they offer support, guidance, and a sense of belonging for those in need.” 

La tradicional organización anuncia su asociación nacional con la fraternidad Lambda Theta Phi en honor al Mes de la Herencia Hispana  

Tampa, FL (3 de octubre de 2022): Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA), la principal organización de mentoría juvenil personalizada en el país, ha anunciado su asociación con la fraternidad Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. para ampliar el acceso a la mentoría en todo el país a través del reclutamiento de mentores, el voluntariado y la oferta de más oportunidades para Littles.  

Dedicada a crear un sentimiento de pertenencia para los miembros de sus comunidades locales, independientemente de su etnia, origen o forma de identificarse, esta nueva alianza reforzará el compromiso mutuo de ambas organizaciones de promover la diversidad y la inclusión a nivel nacional.   

“Nos sentimos honrados de asociarnos con una organización tan admirable y con los miles de miembros de la fraternidad Lambda Theta Phi en todo el país que comparten nuestros valores de justicia, equidad, diversidad e inclusión”, dijo Artis Stevens, presidente y director ejecutivo de BBBSA. “Proporcionar acceso a la mentoría para cada joven, independientemente de su origen, es una parte integral de la misión de Big Brothers Big Sisters. Estamos orgullosos de colaborar con la fraternidad Lambda Theta Phi para promover su misión y reconocer la importancia de la representación en este Mes de la Herencia Hispana”. 

Actualmente, hay más de 30,000 jóvenes en todo el país esperando mentores, llamados “Bigs”, (grandes) y la mayoría son niños de color. Los estudios demuestran que los niños que tienen modelos a seguir tienen más probabilidades de mejorar en la escuela, tienen mejores conexiones con familiares y amigos y menos probabilidades de estar involucrados en la delincuencia. Nuestra asociación se centrará en reclutar mentores, donde los miembros de Lambda Theta Phi se desempeñarán como Big Brothers (hermanos grandes), se unirán a las juntas locales y ayudarán a las empresas y a otras organizaciones a abrir las puertas para promover e invertir financieramente para apoyar a Big Brothers Big Sisters tanto a nivel local, como nacional. 

“Esta asociación proporcionará a los miembros de Lambda Theta Phi la oportunidad de aprovechar nuestro poder colectivo para causar un impacto real y tangible en la próxima generación”, comentó Jeffrey Chavez, presidente nacional de Lambda Theta Phi. “Nos entusiasma ver a nuestros miembros de todo el país poner en práctica nuestros ideales al ofrecer apoyo, orientación y un sentido de pertenencia a quienes lo necesitan”. 

TAMPA, FL (September 30, 2022) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA), the preeminent one-to-one youth mentoring organization in the country, has announced the BBBSA Youth Equity and Empowerment Scholarship with support from the Deloitte Foundation. The scholarship program will provide young people with financial support for college and credentialing programs through the awarding of 60 scholarships.

High school juniors, seniors, and post-secondary students under 25 years old and enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentoring program during the 2022-2023 academic year are eligible for scholarships through the program. The scholarships will be for those with career interests in accounting, finance, economics, engineering, computer engineering, computer science, information systems, technology, data science, data analytics and math. Scholarships will be available to youth living or planning to go to school in 13 markets: Chicago, IL, Hartford, CT, Kansas City, MO, Milwaukee, WI, Minneapolis, MN, Nashville, TN, New York, NY, Omaha, NE, Parsippany, NJ, Philadelphia, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Seattle, WA and Tampa, FL.

“We know when young people gain exposure and access to educational and career opportunities, it widens their view to the possibilities and potential ahead of them in life and career,” said Artis Stevens, president and CEO, BBBSA. “With the support of organizations like the Deloitte Foundation, we continue to empower the next generation on a path to graduate with a plan for their futures.”

“We are thrilled to be able to support an organization that continues to change lives through mentorship,” said Erin Scanlon, president, Deloitte Foundation. “Big Brothers Big Sisters of America uplifts communities and helps to empower youth so that they can aspire to fulfilling lives and careers.”

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About The Deloitte Foundation

The Deloitte Foundation, founded in 1928, is a not-for-profit organization that supports education in the U.S. through a variety of initiatives that help develop the next generation of diverse business leaders, and their influencers, and promote excellence in teaching, research and curriculum innovation. The Foundation sponsors an array of national programs relevant to a variety of professional services, benefiting high school students, undergraduates, graduate students and educators. Learn more about the Deloitte Foundation.

The Celebration Comes Just as Over 8,000 People Complete the Be There Certificate, a Free Online Course For Peer-to-Peer Mental Health Support

Toronto, Ontario (August 8, 2022) – Jack.org and Born This Way Foundation met in Toronto to celebrate the Be There Certificate’s positive impact on youth mental health since its launch in early March of this year. The meeting brought together staff and youth from both organizations, including a pledge from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to support the Be There Certificate and promotion of the certificate at Lady Gaga’s Chromatica Ball Summer Stadium tour stop in Toronto.

The Be There Certificate is a free, self-paced, interactive online mental health course designed to increase mental health literacy and provide youth with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to safely support anyone who may be struggling with their mental health. Since its launch, over 8,000 people have completed the Be There Certificate, available globally in English, French, and Spanish. 

Jack.org, a Canadian charity supporting education and action for youth mental health, and Born This Way Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting youth mental health and working with young people to build a kinder, braver world, collaborated to create the Be There Certificate. The goal of the Be There Certificate is to connect young people with a simple, actionable framework, teaching them how to recognize when someone might be struggling, understand their role in supporting that person, and learn how to connect that person to the help they need and deserve. 

Young people want to be there for their own and their peers’ mental health. Through the Be There Certificate, we have an opportunity to connect young people with free, accessible mental health resources and the tools to support themselves and each other,” said Cynthia Germanotta, Co-Founder and President of Born This Way Foundation. “The Be There Certificate provides a unique opportunity to encourage comprehensive, inclusive, and kind mental health support.”

As an example of the Be There Certificate’s ongoing success, the preeminent youth mentorship organizations, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, are partnering with Jack.org and Born This Way Foundation to introduce the Be There Certificate to more than 10,000 people throughout their networks and are pledging their local agencies to complete the certificate. 

“Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada proudly supports the Be There Certificate. We know that young people need access to a web of supportive individuals who are prepared and ready to support their unique needs, like facing mental health adversities. That’s why we commit to challenging our Big Brothers Big Sisters colleagues across Canada to earn their Be There Certificate,” said W. Matthew Chater, President and CEO of Brothers Big Sisters of Canada.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters is the leading organization championing mentorship experiences for young people across the country and the right leader to help provide youth with the relationship supports to address the mental health crisis in our nation,” said Julie Novak, Chief Youth Protection Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. “Our commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) is an integral part of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ values and mission. We strive to empower the full potential that is within all of us by ensuring that all voices and perspectives are heard, honored and supported. We are proud to partner with Jack.org and Born This Way Foundation to bring the Be There Certificate program to our network.”

Throughout their collaboration, Jack.org and Born This Way Foundation have fostered a close working relationship with one goal: to uplift youth and connect them to the help they need. Following a survey, those who have taken the course have said that the Be There Certificate “was an easy-to-use, straightforward and interactive way to further strengthen the ways I can be there for my loved ones” and 98% of learners feel better able to safely support someone who is struggling with their mental health. 

“We are thrilled to see the growing momentum around the Be There Certificate. Five short months from launch and already thousands of people are better equipped to support their young peers, friends, and loved ones experiencing mental health struggles. We’re proud to be working with these outstanding partners to rapidly spread awareness and uptake of this freely accessible and engaging resource across Canada, the US, and beyond,” said Shane Green, VP Programs at Jack.org.

To learn how to pledge with your organization, contact bethere@jack.org.


To learn more about the Be There Certificate, visit BeThereCertificate.org.
The Be There Certificate is funded in part by RBC Future Launch and other generous partners who supported the development of the Be There program through their partnership with Jack.org.