2015 JCFW People Of Influence Award Recipients

Jersey City Fashion Week, Is celebrating 5 years will honored 4 of the most influential people and programs in the private, public and non-profit sectors at our Fashion in the Park VIP exclusive fashion event on September 22, 2016 at 5:30PM. Please take a moment to read all about this special class of outstanding community influencers.

 

Senator Cory Booker

imageOn October 16th, 2013, Cory Booker won a special election to represent New Jersey in the United States Senate. As a Senator, Booker has taken on some of the most difficult issues facing our country, such as reforming our broken criminal justice system, expanding economic opportunity for New Jerseyans, and improving our nation’s infrastructure. Prior to his time in the Senate, Booker served as the mayor of Newark, where he presided over the city’s greatest period of economic growth since the 1960’s, Throughout his seventeen years in public service, Booker has established himself as a creative problem solver who seeks bipartisan solutions.

 

Senator Brian Stack

imageMayor Brian P. Stack has served Union City as Mayor since 2000 and has a long history of championing local causes. Before serving in elective office, Brian was a community activist, tenant advocate and Hudson County Freeholder, fighting numerous battles on behalf of local residents. Brian was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2003 and served in that capacity until 2008, when he was sworn in as a member of the New Jersey Senate, where he currently sits on both the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee.
Mayor Stack prides his administration on providing accessibility to City Hall and making local government work for the people. The door to his office remains open, as constituents are encouraged to visit during office hours.

 

 

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500 Broad Street, 2nd Floor Newark, NJ 07102
T 973-642-BIGS (2447) F 973-242-0945
www.BigsAndKids.org

Carlos Lejnieks
President & CEO

Our Mission: Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Program Description
Nationally, for over one hundred years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been the premier mentoring organization in America, matching children with caring adult friends. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives with measurable impact for the better, forever. Today, BBBSA serves hundreds of thousands of children in 5,000 communities across the country and is continually growing. The need for our programs is profound and the positive impact of our approach to mentoring has been solidly demonstrated through third party research. BBBS has been cited as a model delinquency prevention program by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), National Institute for Justice (NIJ) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Our programs are grounded in positive youth development theory and seek to meet the most basic developmental needs of youth by pairing each youth one-to-one with screened and trained, adult mentors.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson and Union Counties (BBBS) is growing to be one of the largest affiliates in the country. Locally, BBBS was formerly Big Brothers Big Sisters of NJ (BBBSNJ). BBBSNJ was founded in 2000 to serve as a fundraising arm for local New Jersey agencies. Based on BBBSNJ’s successes and the need for BBBS Metro Newark to expand its reach, BBBSA requested BBBSNJ restructure into a direct service organization in 2008, while absorbing Metro Newark and its caseload. The result of the restructuring is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson and Union Counties, which provides direct services through Community Based and School Based mentoring to the extremely underserved children in Newark, Jersey City and the balance of the tri-county service area.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson and Union Counties inherited an organization serving 116 youth (2008) and grew to serve over 1,000 youth in 2014. While its growth has been aggressive, its quality and efficacy have been uncompromised. Over time, this agency has maintained an annual cost per youth served of $1,200, while achieving lower closure rates, longer mentoring relationships and greater impact on our youth than many of our BBBS peers. BBBS requests each mentor and youth/family commit to a minimum of 12 months, and four hours per month (per our national, research driven, model), yet locally our average match Length is 22 months (and growing!), and our Matches meet for more than nine hours a month on average. Those metrics are one of the reasons that this agency is so successful. The more time and contact that a Big and Little have, the higher the impact, and BBBSEHU’s matches nearly double the standard requirements. The longevity of these relationships is a testament to our match support team and the strong bonds they help cultivate between our mentors and mentees.
BBBS administers to enrolled youth (ages 9 and above) and volunteers, a Strength of Relationship (SOR) survey at the three-month and annual anniversaries of the match to measure the efficacy of each mentoring relationship. A Youth Outcome Survey (an evaluation designed by BBBS of America, Public/Private Ventures and Dr. Jean Rhodes, UMASS Boston) measures changes in eight outcome areas linked to youth developmental assets and 21st century skills, and has demonstrated positive outcomes in both of those areas. Those essential 21st Century Skills have garnered a great deal of research through the Partnership for 21st century skills (amongst others), and include additional supports such as: Life and Career Skills, Critical Thinking and Learning Environments, all of which are supported by this one-to-one mentoring strategy.

Our mentors are serving a critical role in our communities by lending an ear, offering advice for every day struggles, helping with homework, tutoring, setting goals, planning for post-secondary education and careers, and overall helping our youth realize their full potential in and out of the classroom.

Our Programs:

Community Based Mentoring: BBBS of Essex, Hudson and Union Counties community or traditional mentoring program is the most popular because of the flexibility. This program requires the volunteer to go to the home of their mentee to pick them up and mentor them on their own time. Volunteers meet with their mentee freely in the community to expose them to new experiences. The minimum requirement is for the all parties to commit to 4 hours a month and a minimum of 1 year.

Site Based Mentoring: This program is very similar to our Community Based mentoring but mentors will meet with students at our partnered schools on a regular basis, on site grounds. These visits could be activities such as playing games, reading, doing homework and school projects, playing ball, having lunch in the cafeteria or just talking. Big Brothers Big Sisters staff meets with all children to gather information on their interests and personality to find the best fitting mentor for him or her. Each site director gives us information on how a mentor can help develop the child’s strengths.

Youth Workforce Opportunity Initative (YWOI): This program is for youth ages 14-24 who have been involved in the juvenile justice system or are at high risk of involment. The role of the mentor is the same, picking up the youth and taking them for outings but they receive additional services aimed at getting equipped with career readiness skills and/or reengaged in school. This program is geared to take a youth who is “at high-risk” and put them on the right track to success.

Workplace Mentoring Program (WMP): The WMP is a site-based mentoring program implemented at the offices of a corporate partner and the partner school. Mentoring sessions are guided by a structured curriculum and designed to expose youth to life skills options, college preparedness and career development. A Program Coordinator facilitates the biweekly sessions (approximately 14-16 sessions) during the school year with structured activities and conducts ongoing monitoring and support of the mentoring relationship.

 

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