I was introduced to Big Brothers Big Sisters through a family friend after college. If you aren’t familiar with it, the program makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers, also known as “Bigs,” and children, known as “Littles.” It was a good time in my life for me to become involved and I’m so thankful I did. I was paired with my little brother Andres for 6 years.
The program is primarily designed to have a positive impact on the “Littles” it serves. In fact, the results of the program are quite measurable, as many of the children who participate go on to become successful and flourish. According to research from the organization, kids in the program are more confident in their schoolwork performance, 46% less likely to begin using drugs, and 52% less likely to skip school.
That said, one of my biggest takeaways from the program was the positive impact it had on me as the big brother in the relationship. In fact, while I no longer actively serve as a “Big,” I have been able to stay engaged with the organization in other ways, including through JLL’s involvement as a corporate partner.
Just a few weeks ago, JLL was honored with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay Corporate Partner Award at the organization’s annual Partner Breakfast.
And just last week, we took part in one of the organization’s largest events of the year, Big Night, which helped the agency raise more than $2 million. Big Night is really a monumental event. I know I’m not the only one who really looks forward to it every year. From musical guests over the years like the Black Crows, to the Goo Goo Dolls, and Shaggy, the event really encourages the corporate world to let its hair down and brings the whole business community together. This year’s musical guest Flo Rida even donned a JLL fedora while on stage, making this one of the most fun and undoubtedly memorable Big Night events to date!