San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 10, 2013
Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ to Deliver Keynote at “Up, Up & Away,” Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area’s Seventh Annual Gala Event
Charles Pierson, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to Appear as Honored Guest
Cory Booker, Mayor of the City of Newark, NJ and one of the country’s leading empowerment activists, will deliver the keynote address at the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area (BBBSBA) Gala event on Friday, April 12 at 6 p.m. This year’s theme is “Up, Up & Away,” and will honor inspirational matches and salute the power of change.
Now in its seventh year, the event enables more than 400 Bay Area corporate, community, and political leaders to come together for an evening of wine tasting, inspirational speakers, dinner, and a live auction. Proceeds from the Gala support more than 1,000 one-to-one mentoring relationships.
This year, BBBSBA will honor four inspirational matches between Bigs (mentors) and Littles (mentees). BBBSBA helps at-risk youth, ages 6-18, especially those living in communities of concentrated poverty, and those living in single parent homes. Researchers have found that Little Brothers and Sisters enrolled in BBBS Youth Mentoring Programs for 18 months or more have increased self-esteem, are less likely to skip class, less likely to begin using drugs and alcohol and less likely to use violence to settle conflicts.
Known for his leadership and bold vision, Mayor Cory Booker, will deliver an inspirational speech about the power of mentoring. Mayor Booker has been a long time Big Brothers Big Sisters advocate. In the city of Newark, Booker is leading an ambitious initiative called “ Bigs in Blue” that connects police officers and firefighters with Little Brothers and Little Sisters. Mayor Booker has also been a mentor himself.
“I know firsthand the positive impact a Big Brother or Big Sister can make in a young person’s life. A Big Brother or Big Sister provides a child with opportunity and strength. Mentoring is also a powerful tool to reduce violence and improve school performance,” said Mayor Booker. “I am excited to be in the Bay Area to honor and celebrate the life changing Big and Little mentoring relationships.”
To add to the inspirational theme of the evening, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Charles Pierson will talk about the importance of community partnerships.
“Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children unlock their full potential by providing them with quality mentors that care, guide, and support them. Consistent and supportive mentors can mean the difference between failure and success. We have consistent results in Little Brothers and Sisters ability to increase school attendance, improve their grades, graduate high school, and become positive productive citizens through their participation in our program. This Gala is meant to honor our most inspirational matches and show the community the positive impact BBBSBA has made in the lives of youth,” said Charles Pierson.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area is a local nonprofit that is supported by donors and volunteers. It’s the only mentoring organization that provides children facing adversity with enduring and professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that last at least one full year. These matches have a proven and measurable positive impact on at‐risk youth, including improved self-confidence, better relationships with peers, and increased ability to trust adults to help with their problems. Its part of the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the US, but its self-sustaining and must raise its own funds. We serve children in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties. Currently, the agency has over 700 children on the wait list, and needs funding to match them with volunteers. To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, please visit http://www.bbbsba.org.
About Mayor Cory Booker
The Honorable Cory A. Booker, 43, is the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, the largest city in the State of New Jersey. Mayor Booker is presently serving in his second term. Elected with a clear mandate for change, Mayor Booker began work on realizing a bold vision for the City. Newark’s missions to set a national standard for urban transformation by marshaling its resources to achieve security, economic
abundance and an environment that is nurturing and empowering for individuals and families. For all his efforts and those of countless Newark residents and activists, Newark is fast becoming recognized as one of America’s rising cities of hope and promise. Mayor Booker’s leadership in these significant civic strides has been recognized by numerous magazines and other media outlets, including being named to the 2011 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
About T. Charles Pierson
T. Charles Pierson joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as President and CEO in June 2012. Prior to assuming this national role, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate in the country, for nine years. Under Pierson's leadership, the agency increased its services by 180% and decreased its cost/match by 30% over a six-year period. This progress resulted in Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star being named as the 2007 Agency of the Year and Board of the Year in both 2006 and 2008 by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. During his tenure, the agency was consistently listed as one of the Top 10 Quality Programs in the country out of over 350 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies nationwide. In 2010, Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star served over 10,000 children. Prior to joining the non-profit sector, Pierson had a successful thirteen-year business career in for-profit channels, including as the general manager of Chase Elastomer, a business unit of publicly traded PolyOne.
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