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Costa Celebrates Mentoring with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh

I was honored to attend the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh’s (BBBSPGH) Community Leaders Breakfast this past Wednesday. 

This event was a great opportunity to bring together leaders from all aspects of the community to learn more about how we can all work together to mentor children and make a permanent difference in their lives.

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Left to right: Jody Doherty, Comcast Vice President of Community Investment, Roberta London, Pennsylvania Big Sister of the Year, You and Jan Glick, CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh

A highlight of the event was celebrating with Roberta London, as she was honored as the Big Sister of the Year.

According to Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Roberta was chosen by a panel of judges statewide for her dedication and services to her little brother, 17-year-old Ishemer Butler.  Roberta stood out to the judges for her commitment to helping Ishemer set goals for the future including developing his confidence and self-esteem and improving his relationship with family and friends.

Roberta has volunteered as a big sister to Butler for more than 10 years. Only seven at the time when they were first matched, Roberta has had the opportunity to be a positive mentor and a guiding force as he has grown and developed into a member of our Pittsburgh community. 

As a further testament to the success and the importance of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters mission, our local chapter covering the greater Pittsburgh area was named Mid-Size Agency of the Year for 2012. 

There are few things more important or more rewarding than mentoring a child.  Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh has been providing mentoring opportunities for nearly 50  years.  There is an opportunity for each of us to get involved and open the door to a brighter future to a child right here in our own backyard.  In 2012, more than 1,200 children were served through BBBSPGH in Allegheny, Washington and Green counties alone.  The success of the program speaks for itself --  time spent between bigs and littles resulted in increased school attendance, focus on the future and so much more.  You can learn more here about the success of the BBBSPGH program.

Again my sincere congratulations go to Big Brothers, Big Sister of Greater Pittsburgh and Roberta London.  Thank you so much for your willingness to donate your time and your efforts on behalf of the children and families that need you the most.  I wish you much continued success.

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