Local youth mentoring agency, Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters (JBBBS), recently expanded its service territory to the North Shore, enabling it to match local children and teens – one-to-one – to adult mentors in the region and offering wraparound supports to families there.

“Here, we believe it takes a village – and a Big Brother or Sister is an important part of it,” says JBBBS President & CEO, Harvey Lowell. “We’re pleased to be able to extend our services to children and families who’ve long expressed interest in them – and to open up volunteer opportunities to new prospective Big Brothers and Sisters who have so much to offer.” Lowell notes that the expansion is made possible through a Community Grant from Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), with funds used primarily to develop niche marketing and to intensify outreach efforts to families and prospective volunteers from Marblehead, Swampscott, Peabody, Salem and surrounding towns.

A kickoff event featuring CJP President, Barry Shrage, as keynote, is slated for Tuesday, September 13, at 7:00pm at the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore.  The event is free and open to the public as an opportunity for interested families and prospective volunteers to obtain more information about the agency.

JBBBS is a 96-year-old organization headquartered in Newton. It is one of the original 12 founding members of the Big Brothers Big Sisters movement nationwide, with programs serving Jewish and non-Jewish children and teens, ages 6-18, who could benefit from mentoring supports. In addition, JBBBS operates a friendship program for adults with disabilities called “Friend 2 Friend.”  In total, JBBBS serves over 500 clients per year and expects to grow this number through the expansion.

For more information, visit jbbbs.org.

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