(CMR) Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cayman Islands is planning to relaunch as a local, independent non-profit organization focused on youth and young adult mentoring services.
While the organization will get a new name and identity, its commitment to one-on-one mentoring of young people in the community and working with teen mothers remains unchanged. Existing mentoring relationships will continue without disruption, while the staff and Board will continue to provide the same levels of support and service as always.
The transition is a result of a decision by Big Brothers Big Sisters America to discontinue all international licenses and focus their operations exclusively in the United States. As the brand is owned by Big Brothers Big Sisters America, all 13 international affiliates, including the Cayman Islands, will cease to use the Big Brothers Big Sisters name this year.
“The board and staff of Big Brothers Big Sisters in the Cayman Islands view this as an opportunity to focus on the future and ensure our organization is well-positioned to meet the needs of our community,” said Angela Martins, Executive Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cayman Islands.
“Over the past three decades, we have witnessed time and again the benefits of mentoring our youth and the positive impacts in the wider society. Our affiliation with Big Brothers Big Sisters has given us structure and robust processes. We will now tailor our programs more closely to the emerging needs of youth and young adults in our Cayman community whilst maintaining Standards and rigorous practice.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cayman Islands was established in 1995 in partnership with the Lions Club. The organization currently has 40 volunteers registered as mentors to boys and girls aged 6-18 in its community one-on program and eight teen mothers in its Teen Mom Program.
Mentors go through a rigorous screening process to match adults with youth and young adults on a one-on-one basis. Matches meet weekly, spending time doing anything from going to the beach or playing sports to simply hanging out. By being good role models, mentors teach these youths and young adults the importance of respect for family and others, how to deal with issues as they come up and what good decision-making looks like for a lifetime.
“Our mentors, past and present, have changed many lives for the better,” said Kendell Pierre, Chair of the Board.
“The National Heroes Award we received on Monday is testament to the positive impact we have made to date. The Board looks forward to building on this further as we guide the organization on the next stage of its journey.”
As part of the rebranding process, Big Brothers Big Sisters will seek input from stakeholders, including mentors, parents, sponsors, and partners. The new brand is expected to launch in May to coincide with Child Month. The organization will continue to operate as Big Brothers Big Sisters in the interim.
For more information about youth mentoring programs, please contact [email protected].