Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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Staten Island Parent

The youth mentoring organization Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC recently celebrated the opening of its first Staten Island office. Although the organization has been working with kids on the Island for years, the new Bay Street location will help to expand the mentoring program in the borough. The ribbon-cutting ceremony in January also honored the 2015 ‘Staten Island Big of the Year,’ Amanda Tavarez, for her extraordinary commitment to her “Little.” Both residents of Staten Island, Amanda and Samantha have established a very strong bond since they were matched in 2012. By providing support, structure and guidance, Amana has been able to help Samantha overcome challenges as she enters her teenage years.

“Amanda is the embodiment of the values that Staten Islanders exemplify, and her relationship with her Little Sister is truly inspiring,” said Hector Batista, chief executive officer of BBBS of NYC. “With the incredible support of the Staten Island community, the opening of our new office space will allow our organization to more effectively recruit caring adult mentors just like Amanda for hundreds of young people across Staten Island.” Go to to learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC and find out how you can offer support or apply to be a mentor.