FMU buildingBig Brothers Big Sisters is very proud to announce an innovative two-tier partnership with Florida Memorial University which includes the university’s staff and faculty serving as mentors to nearby students from Norland Senior High School. Students will learn first-hand about higher education, the steps to enroll and be accepted into a university, the expectations of employees in a professional workplace, and of course the many valuable life lessons they will learn from their mentors asthey prepare for life after high school.

Character, service and leadership are more than just words to Interim President, Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis; they are a way of life. Dr. Artis is leading the charge for the Lions of Florida Memorial not only with words, but with action. By taking an active role in the program as a Big Sister, she sets a remarkable example for her staff. In fact, many of the President’s cabinet members have enrolled as Big Brothers and Big Sisters and are ready to take this new group of Norland Senior High School students under their wing for the first monthly site visit which will take place on the historic campus of Florida Memorial University on February 27, 2014.

One of the Big Brothers that will be taking part in this innovative program is Florida Memorial University’s Director of Community Outreach & Retention, Mr. Kareem J. Coney. Mr. Coney oversees a student group called Black Males of Excellence and he has recruited 11 male students from the group who will serve as school-based Big Brothers to children at nearby Brentwood Elementary. This is what BBBS Senior Vice President, Mr. Gale Nelson, has coined as “Double Benefit.” We have local high school students now who will be mentored by Florida Memorial’s leaders and elementary students less than 4 miles away who will be mentored by some of Florida Memorial’s best students, one of which is Jerwaine Hall, Mr. Florida Memorial 2013-14.

As we celebrate Black History Month, it is important to note that Florida Memorial University is ranked second in Florida and ninth in the United States for graduating African-American teachers. It will be no surprise if some of our aspiring Little Brothers and Little Sisters will become part of those positive numbers.

Look for more stories and match photos from this exciting partnership in upcoming BBBS news. Everyone here at Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to welcome the Lions of Florida Memorial University to the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ family and thank them very much for their commitment.

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