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    CBSBB to Launch W.O.W. (World of Work) Mentoring in Fall 2017

    As Catholic Big Sisters Big Brothers builds on 115 years of expertise in one-to-one community based mentoring, we are thrilled to announce the launch of the agency’s first W.O.W. (World of Work) Mentoring Program. As part of this program, ten 10th grade students from Academy for Software Engineering (AFSE) will be matched with workplace mentors from our new corporate partner, Good Apple Digital.

    Under the leadership of Founder Al Muzaurieta, Good Apple Digital, a boutique media agency, is partnering with CBSBB to pilot W.O.W. Employees of Good Apple bring experience in digital media, marketing, and advertising, as well as their own life experiences, to share with their mentees in the W.O.W. program. Good Apple is generously sponsoring the yearlong program.

    W.O.W. mentoring matches will meet bi-weekly for the 2017-2018 academic year at the Good Apple office. Parallel to CBSBB’s traditional mentoring program, the curriculum for W.O.W. matches, under the guidance of Program Manager Ana Melo, will cover 21st Century Super Skills, with an overarching focus on workplace exposure and career preparation. CBSBB looks forward to working with Good Apple Digital to expand the agency’s reach and serve youth in this new capacity.

    CBSBB prides itself on being an innovative youth services organization and we are always looking for new, creative ways to better serve youth and families in New York city. Please be in touch with Susan Varghese, Senior Director of Mentoring Programs and Support Services (svarghese@cbsbb.org) if you know of similar opportunities for expansion.

  • CBSBB Appoints Vidhya R. Kelly, LMSW, as New Executive Director

    The Board of Trustees of the Catholic Big Sisters and Big Brothers (CBSBB), has appointed Vidhya R. Kelly, LMSW, as the new Executive Director of the 115 year old nonprofit organization. Ms. Kelly brings a wealth of experience in mentoring and youth development working with vulnerable populations. “We are thrilled to have Vidhya’s guidance, energy, enthusiasm and expertise" said Joseph A. Pollicino, Jr., CBSBB President of the Board of Trustees. Ms. Kelly begins her term on February 1, 2017.

    Ms. Kelly has spent her entire career in youth development, most recently as Chief Program Officer at Harlem RBI, where she supervised Harlem RBI’s East Harlem and South Bronx kindergarten through college continuum. Prior to Harlem RBI, Ms. Kelly spent 15 years at Big Brothers and Big Sisters of New York City rising to Deputy Executive Director where she developed specialized programs to serve the city’s most vulnerable youth, including teen mothers, new immigrants and children with disabilities and opened up satellite offices in the South Bronx, Jamaica, Queens and East New York, Brooklyn. In this capacity, Ms. Kelly testified extensively at government, corporate and professional conferences as a recognized leader in the field of mentoring. “I am honored to be leading CBSBB at this time in its history and excited to build on its solid reputation and its many contributions to the field of mentoring,” said Ms. Kelly.

    Vidhya is a first generation American from India, where she often travels and has been involved in supporting the educational needs of impoverished children and adults living in the villages of south India. She also coaches in several youth sports leagues throughout New York City including Peter Stuyvesant Little League, Manhattan Kickers Soccer Club and CYO basketball League. She is the mother of a 10-year old daughter and twin 8-year old sons, and resides in New York City with her husband. She holds an MSW degree from NYU and a B.A. from Lehigh University.

    About Catholic Big Sisters and Big Brothers

    The Catholic Big Sisters and Big Brothers is a non-profit, non-sectarian community-based organization, dedicated to helping youth and their families by providing one-to-one mentoring services for children of all faiths and backgrounds, ages 10-18 throughout New York City.

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