Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Jersey is the Primary Beneficiary of the 2019 NJ SIM Foundation Charity Golf Outing
The NJ SIM Foundation is excited to announce Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Jersey as the primary beneficiary of this year’s Foundation Golf Outing. Proceeds from the outing will fund BBBSNNJ’s Big Computer Lab and STEM initiative, a key element of their strategic 50 Years and Beyond Campaign.
BBBSNJ’s First Fifty Years
Since its start in 1967, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern NJ (BBBSNNJ) has expanded to serve at risk youth in Bergen, Passaic, Sussex, Hunterdon, Somerset, Warren, and Morris Counties. Providing meaningful, mentoring matches between volunteers, ‘Bigs’, and children, ‘Littles’, ages 6-17, the group’s mission is to provide these children with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1:1 mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
50 Years and Beyond. Big Things Are Happening (Video)
BBBSNNJ believes that in order for Littles to be successful now, the organization must offer multifaceted wraparound services that include technology and STEM access. Plans for a BIG Computer & STEM Lab Initiative are based on the success of a BBBS sponsored “media day” at Nixon Elementary School, based in Roxbury Township, Morris County. Led by a Roxbury High School student enrolled in her HS Media Club, she and her fellow ‘Bigs’ introduced their 6- 10 year old ‘Littles’ to green screens, video cameras, and live streaming feed.
With funds from the Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern NJ will expand upon this simulation by launching a BIG Computer & STEM Lab Initiative at its main office and across 19 sites. They aim to utilize iMacs, creative software, STEM kits, monthly STEM lab sessions and video to aid their Littles and Bigs during their mentoring sessions.
They anticipate that this program will provide Littles a more robust way to work with their Bigs, allowing for a greater trust and connection within the match as well as multiple ways to work with their Bigs to ensure educational success. As computers and internet act as a platform for sharing ideas and perspectives, the project will combine the practical need for computer skills with the ability to encourage active engagement with their Bigs.