Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Program scores state funding

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ALBANY – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County’s One-to-One Mentoring program has received a $13,000 grant from the state to allow the agency to connect under-served local youth with inspiring adult mentors.

The program serves over 150 children in Orange County annually.

“Orange County kids see success later in life when they have a strong network of folks looking out for them, encouraging them, and modeling healthy behaviors and relationships,” said Senator James Skoufis (D, Cornwall), who secured the funding.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters operates under the belief that every child can succeed in life,” said Interim Executive Director Anthony Gillmeier. “Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.”

The funding for the mentoring program was committed as part of the state’s 2021 budget.