Big Brothers Big Sisters Expands Workplace Mentoring

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham expands workplace mentoring to impact GEAR UP Birmingham students at Wenonah High School through their new partnership with Cadence Bank. Vance Waldron, an Industries Specialist at Cadence Bank and member of BBBS Board of Directors, is delighted to expand the mentoring focus for Cadence Bank. 

“This opportunity provides the students with a chance to understand what happens first hand in a business such as this. We certainly want to provide insight that might one day shape their futures,” said Waldron.

Stacey Miles, Workplace Mentoring Program Coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Birmingham, led the initial match meeting on March 12, 2018, with employees from Cadence Bank (Bigs) and Wenonah High School students (Littles). They engaged in introductory activities such as completing a “Get to Know You Questionnaire” as well as covering the ground rules for participating in the workplace mentoring program.

Miles further explained, “Big Brothers Big Sisters match meetings are filled with educational opportunities. Through the partnerships with various corporations, students are exposed to workplace cultures, financial literacy, and possible future internships. The students involved have the opportunity to grow not only academically but personally. In the past, students have reported an increase in self-worth and value as well as having a heightened interest in attending college.”

The activities students participate in during their match meetings vary with each visit. Depending on the visit, students may be involved in a lesson on saving for college, how to write a resume or even focus on applying for scholarships. Big Brothers Big Sisters values the future of children, and workplace mentoring is just a small part of what they do every day. 

Wenonah High School already has students involved in an additional workplace mentoring partnership with Vulcan Materials.

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. Big Brothers Big Sisters has viable relationships impacting the GEAR UP Birmingham cohort. 

Author: Dr. Marsha H. Savage


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