BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF LONG ISLAND ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH TOWN OF SOUTHAMPTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI), the leading youth mentoring organization on Long Island, is happy to announce its new partnership with the Town of Southampton Police Department for a “Bigs in Blue” mentoring program. Bigs in Blue is a one-to-one mentoring program that connects youth with police in their communities to build stronger bonds between law enforcement and the families they serve and to make a positive difference in the lives of children.
This is the first such partnership with the Town of Southampton Police Department, pairing its officers with at-risk youth. “Bigs in Blue” will match active officers with students for one-on-one mentoring. Through this program, “Bigs” will meet with their “Littles” two times per month to do schoolwork, discuss concerns and work on goals while creating lasting bonds. This initiative is aimed at fostering positive relationships between youth and law enforcement.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Town of Southampton Police Department. Bigs in Blue enables children to get an early understanding that police are a positive presence in the community and that they are good people. Bigs in Blue will give smiles, camaraderie, friendship, and more than a few valuable, lasting life lessons to Southampton children in need of a mentor.” Fabiola Turner, Director of Programs.
“Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with a positive role model. We are honored that the Town of Southampton Police Department have volunteered to be mentors in the communities they serve. With just a one-year commitment, a Big in Blue can make a huge impact on the life of a Little Brother or Little Sister as well as the community at large,” CEO Mark Cox.
“Community outreach is a priority to the Southampton Town Police Department and connecting to our youth is vital. This program will allow our officers to make a lasting contribution to a child’s life by mentoring and providing a positive role model. Police Officers role in the community are that of helpers. Most of our jobs encompass assisting people and this is a wonderful way that we can help our children,” Lt. Susan C. Ralph, Commanding officer of the community affairs bureau
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island is a donor and volunteer-supported organization that transforms the lives of at-risk children through supportive adult mentor relationships. For more information, visit www.bbbsli.org.
To learn more about The Town of Southampton Police Department, visit https://www.southamptontownny.gov/1487/Police.