When children and teens have the influence of a caring adult, they are more likely to avoid risky behaviors and to focus on academics. Today's youth face a variety of challenges and being matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister can help them navigate these challenges and reach their potential.
Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
All youth achieve their full potential.
How does Big Brothers Big Sisters help Kasaius?
When Big Brothers Big Sisters works to match a Little with a Big, we take into account the needs, personality, interests, and goals of both the child and the adult volunteer. We introduce the Little and his or her family to the Big slowly and make sure everyone is fully committed to the match before it is made official. Little Brother Kasaius is outgoing and up for anything, so he needed a Big who was creative and had a variety of interests.
Children like Kasaius get the most out of their one-to-one relationship with their Big when the Big, the parent or guardian, and the child talk openly with their Match Support Specialist. Working as part of the team helping the child succeed, the Match Support Specialist can help identify problems, brainstorm solutions, and connect the family with essential services.
When Kasaius’ Big Brother saw the email from BBBS saying that there were spots open in a free acting class, he jumped at the chance to take Kasaius. BBBS affiliates across the country provide activities for Bigs and Littles and also alert Bigs to opportunities in the community. This enables Bigs to get to know other Bigs, who might be experiencing similar things and who might have great suggestions for more new activities.
Screening and Training
Child safety is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ highest priority. To achieve the highest standards possible, we work constantly to review and strengthen our background check systems as new best practices in the industry emerge. We also make sure our Bigs and our staff have the training and resources they need to help Littles on their path to success.
In the News!
We are participating in Hudson Valley Gives! Join us online on May 18th 2022 to donate to our mentoring program. All donations go directly to supporting the BBBS mission to defend a child's potential.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County NY welcomes new Executive Director
February 25th, 2022
The Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County is happy to announce the selection of Ms. Mary Kate Lowe as their new Executive Director. Ms. Lowe follows two long-term Executive Directors in the agency’s 45 years of positive influence and life changing services to the children in our community.
Ms. Lowe has master's degrees in both Social Work from Adelphi University and Nonprofit Management from Grace College Theological Seminary. Ms. Lowe also has a certificate in Volunteer Management, which provided a deeper understanding of the instrumental role volunteers play in non-profit organizations.
Ms. Lowe is no stranger to Big Brother Big Sisters having worked for us for almost six years as a Mentoring Manager. Before returning to us in January of this year, she spent four years as a Family Engagement Clinician with a nonprofit foster care agency.
Sean Barton, President of the Board of Directors, is happy to bring Ms. Lowe back to lead our organization as an Executive Director. “Her deep agency knowledge, non-profit socially focused experience and impressive educational background will be invaluable as we look to strengthen existing community partnerships.” Ms. Lowe's experience with our mentoring model and vision for the next phase of our organization will help build new relationships with community partners and secure corporate sponsorships that are essential in supporting the Big Brothers Big Sisters mission.
Ms. Lowe has dedicated both her personal efforts and professional career building a more positive environment in Orange County. Personally, Ms. Lowe volunteers with Towns 4 Troops and is an Associate Minister for the Presentation Sisters of Blessed Virgin Mary; a faith-based organizations that focuses on youth and families facing adversity.
“I’m honored to be the Executive Director of Big Brother Big Sisters and grow the legacy of an agency started in 1977 by Nancy Kosloski” says Ms. Lowe. “My team and I are passionate advocates for the youth in Orange County and we look forward to creating even more positive outcomes for children in our county.”