For over 25 years, BBBS of NYC has partnered with companies in NYC to provide high-impact volunteer opportunities to corporate partner staff.  Our employee engagement opportunities, ranging from one-time events to long-term one-on-one mentoring matches, allow companies to offer a BBBS mentoring experience within the comfort and ease of the workplace.  With curricula focused on career and college-readiness and professional development, corporate employee volunteers help NYC youth learn about, and work toward, real-life professional success.  Today, we run 67 programs at 53 different companies around the city, providing high-impact mentoring for nearly 1000 students each school year. 

Workplace Mentoring Program (WMP)

As the flagship employee engagement opportunity, the Workplace Mentoring Program gives volunteers (“Bigs”) and high school students (“Littles”) the chance to develop deep, meaningful, one- to-one relationships while helping Littles build professional skills at our corporate partner offices.

  • Companies are partnered with a local high school and 10-15 employee volunteers are matched with 10-15 students for the full school year.
  • Matches meet at the company’s office for two hours after school twice per month for a total of 15 program days.
  • The program is created and facilitated by a Masters-level social worker specifically trained in group facilitation.

The Workplace curriculum helps students build professional skills that will be invaluable throughout college and their future careers.

Four Key Pillars:

  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Problem-solving

Specialized activities can be designed in accordance with the company’s culture and industry, the Littles’ needs, and interests of the Bigs.

Sample Session Topics:

  • Workplace Etiquette
  • Career Exploration
  • Personal Branding
  • Financial Literacy
  • Resume Writing
  • Interview Skills
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Professional Communication

 


Students Taught About Real Skills (Stars)

The STARS program is a flexible version of a full Workplace Mentoring Program.

  • Group mentoring model
  • Created and run by a Masters-level social worker trained in group facilitation
  • Focuses on career and college readiness
  • Program themes and activities can be tailored to the host company’s industry
  • Flexible scheduling: between 4 and 12 sessions throughout the school year

 


Professional Opportunity Days (PODs)

PODs are one-time mentoring opportunities:

  • On-site at the company or at a partner school 
  • Created and run by a Masters-level social worker trained in short-term skill-building workshops 
  • Customized curriculum focusing on career exploration and professional development 
  • Two to three hours in length 
  • Programming options for 10 to 70 employee volunteers

 


For more information please contact:

Jeff Elgart, Chief Corporate Officer, 212-686-2042 ext 132, jelgart@bigsnyc.org

Elizabeth Ring, Senior Manager Corporate Engagement, 212-686-2042 ext 131, ering@bigsnyc.org