NEWBURGH – Senator James Skoufis (D-Hudson Valley) has secured $13,000 to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County’s (BBBS) One-to-One Mentoring program, an effort that serves over 150 children in Orange County annually. The funding will allow BBBS to connect under-served local youth with inspiring adult mentors.
“As the old adage goes, it truly takes a village,” said Senator Skoufis. “Orange County kids see success later in life when they have a strong network of folks looking out for them, encouraging them, and modeling healthy behaviors and relationships. I am thrilled to have secured this funding for BBBS’ tireless work, developing the leaders of tomorrow by ensuring our kids are safe and supported today.”
“We are incredibly grateful to Senator Skoufis for his help providing critical funding to support our efforts in Orange County,” said BBBS Interim Executive Director Anthony Gillmeier. “Big Brothers Big Sisters operates under the belief that every child can succeed in life. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.”
The funding was committed as part of the state’s 2021 budget. During this year’s budget negotiations, Senator Skoufis also fought hard to secure unprecedented school aid and first-time universal pre-k funding to support families throughout his district.