Don't Underestimate the Power of A Great Big Brother
By Margaret Bernstein
At age 44, Derek Jackson is a grown-up poster child for Big Brothers Big Sisters and proud of it.
Next week at the mentoring agency's national conference in Denver, he'll take the stage to talk about how his life unfolded after he got a big brother. His powerful story proves that Big Brothers Big Sisters is onto something smart as it launches a national campaign, "ReuniteNow," to reconnect its former bigs and littles.
New Initiative Launched for Teens and Young Adults in Foster Care
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS)and Big Brothers Big Sisters are teaming up to launch a new initiativeto help teenagers and young adults who have been in foster care transition more successfully to adulthood.“Connecting the Dots from Foster Care to Employment and Independent Living” will break down silos and bring together foster care case workers from Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services, staff from Employment Connection Youth Programs (a program partnership between the City of Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Workforce Investment Act and Towards Employment), and mentors from Big Brothers Big Sisters with the goal of helping teens in foster care prepare for work, vocational training or college, and independent living.