As the isolation stemming from the pandemic continues to increase the need for mentoring programs to keep youths on track, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, the premier youth-mentoring organization, today announced its introduction of a new hybrid in-person/at-home dining concept for its annual gala. The gala, the nonprofit’s largest annual fundraiser event, helps cover the costs to match Bigs (adult mentors) with Littles (youth mentees). Currently, the nonprofit has a list of more than 1,000 Littles waiting to be matched with Bigs. The cost to cover the training process and onboarding of mentors is $1500 for each Big/Little match. Guests will have the option of attending a socially distanced dinner at the gardens outdoors at PAMM or experiencing the evening within the comfort of their private homes with private chefs and bartenders.
A new study by the Center for the Study of Social Policy shows that while adverse childhood experiences can often lead to long-term poor health and social and criminal outcomes in youth, positive mentoring relationships are among the best mitigators of these circumstances. The Study, “Balancing Adverse Childhood Experiences with Hope,” adds new data and insight to decades of research confirming that the healthy development and well-being of children and families are a direct result of a full range of positive experiences in their primary relationships and environments.