Since 2004, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been providing mentoring programs to children facing adversity in Cabarrus County. With support from the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters has experienced tremendous growth in Cabarrus County, increasing the number of children served from 103 in FY 2014-15 to 170 in FY 2016-17.
Current goals include strategic expansion of programming, increasing community awareness, engaging new members to serve on the Cabarrus Leadership Council, assessing community needs, and identifying new resources to support programming.
In addition to traditional community-based and school-based mentoring, Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a supervised High School Bigs mentoring program for elementary school students throughout Cabarrus County. This after-school program is a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Cabarrus County and its Keystone Club.
In the fall of 2017, Carolinas Healthcare System NorthEast (CHSNE), Cabarrus County Schools, and Big Brothers Big Sisters will kick off a new workplace mentoring program, Beyond School Walls. The program will pair CHSNE employees with Cabarrus middle school students, who will travel to CHSNE twice monthly during lunch. In addition to forming friendships with their mentors (Bigs), students will develop career readiness skills and expand their knowledge about the career opportunities available in their community
Big Brothers Big Sisters is also looking to launch Bigs in Blue in Cabarrus County, a one-to-one mentoring program that connects local police officers with youth in the community.
Connie Rheinecker – Area Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sieta Hynes – Program Coordinator – email@example.com
Elizabeth Hutchins – Beyond School Walls Program Coordinator- firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Miller – Match Support Specialist – email@example.com
Cabarrus Leadership Council
The Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Cabarrus Leadership Council (CLC) serves the Cabarrus Community as ambassadors for our agency, connecting Big Brothers Big Sisters to the community and ensuring quality mentoring programs for local youth. In this role, the CLC acts as a champion for Big Brothers Big Sisters within the Cabarrus County community. CLC members collaborate with Big Brothers Big Sisters staff to ensure that the mission remains relevant to the local community’s needs, and that the programs of the agency serve the mission. This is accomplished through:
- Building local volunteer and fundraising capacity
- Functioning as a champion for Big Brothers Big Sisters within the local community
- Providing advice, leadership, and feedback for Big Brothers Big Sisters staff in Cabarrus County
If you are interested in learning more about this committee, please email Connie Rheinecker.
Current CLC Members
Emily DiNunzio (Chair)
Bradley Yelton (Chair-Elect)