WHO WE ARE

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida (BBBSNEFL), is a mentoring organization that seeks to help provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Working within the communities of Northeast Florida since 1914, BBBSNEFL has effectively inspired change in the lives of thousands through impactful mentoring programs and meaningful relationships that defend and ignite today’s youth to reach their full potential.  We currently have active matches in Nassau, Duval, Clay, Putnam and Volusia Counties including a service footprint reaching Baker, Flagler, and Union Counties. 

 

By placing a caring adult in the life of a child, BBBSNEFL creates safe, high-quality, long-lasting mentoring relationships that help vulnerable youth beat the odds and reach their full potential through personal and academic achievement. Professionally supported by our staff, road-maps for success are developed in concert with parents, children, and mentors.  

 

More than 100 years later, Big Brothers Big Sisters remains true to our founder’s vision of bringing allies and defenders into the lives of children. Today, Big Brothers Big Sisters currently operates in all 50 states and in 12 countries around the world! 

OUR PROGRAMS

BIGS WITH BADGES

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister with Badges is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do, not to mention, one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by molding their character, preparing them for life, and empowering them to achieve. And the best part is- we’re building stronger communities together!

OUR PROGRAMS

COMMUNITY-BASED

You can give a child the invaluable gift of friendship by spending just a few hours a month. To be a positive role model can be as simple as playing a board game, going to the playground, or participating in a Big Brothers Big Sisters activity. Just as your options are unlimited, so is a child’s potential. Are you ready to empower a youth to reach their full potential?

OUR PROGRAMS

SCHOOL-BASED

Sometimes the best place to help a child realize their potential is at a school, community center, or corporate workplace. Whether mentoring occurs in the classroom, gym, or conference room, it’s all about developing a friendship, providing guidance and inspiring children to reach their potential.

OUR PROGRAMS

BEYOND SCHOOL WALLS

Beyond School Walls (BSW) connects mentors from a local business with career academy students focused on the same targeted industry. Partnerships like these enrich the education and preparation of the career academy students by providing meaningful and relevant workplace experiences. Interested in participating in workplace mentoring? 

IN 2017-18, 

WE MADE A BIG IMPACT

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youth were served in 

  1. Northeast Florida
0

were promoted on time

to the next grade 

0

service men and women in our

Bigs with Badges Program 

0

youth had no behavioral 

referrals or suspensions 

MEET THE NORTHEAST FLORIDA TEAM

SARA ALFORD 

Chief Executive Officer 

Favorite Childhood Memory: 

Cooking with my mom 

APRIL BAKER

Site-Based Area Manager/ Mentor Advocate 

Favorite Childhood Toy: 

Barbie 

NYREE BOWEN-TENNANT

Site-Based Area Manager/ Mentor Advocate 

Favorite Childhood Toy: 

Munchee-chee

IMARI CLARK

Marketing Intern 

Favorite Childhood Activity: 

Kickball

RAINEY CRAWFORD

Area Manager – Nassau County 

Favorite Childhood Toy: 

My stuffed animal, Sam

SAMANTHA DECARLO 

Education Support Specialist

Favorite Childhood Toy: 

A basketball

ISABELLE DEDRICK

Enrollment Match Specialist 

Favorite Childhood Movie: 

Mary Poppins 

JONICA DEJESUS

Match Support Specialist 

Favorite Childhood Movie: 

Beauty & the Beast

BEVERLY FILER

Director of Programs & Partnerships

Favorite Childhood Activity: 

Playing Softball

BRIANA JOHNSON

Director of Communications & Outreach 

Favorite Childhood Movie: 

Matilda

LAURA LANG

Match Support Specialist

Favorite Childhood Movie: 

Sister Act 

RACHEL MARINI

Site-Based Area Manager/ Mentor Advocate 

Favorite Childhood Show: 

Recess

BAYLEE MCMILLEN

Accounting Specialist

Favorite Childhood Toy: 

My Bicycle

MEGAN ORTEGA

Director of Fund Development

Favorite Childhood Movie: 

Pocahontas

MICHELLE PATRICK

Director of Programs & 

Quality Assurance

Favorite Childhood Toy: 

Rubik’s Cube

KRISTI PHOENIX

Site-Based Area Manager/ Mentor Advocate 

Favorite Childhood Toy: 

Bratz Dolls

EUSTACHIUS ROBERTS

Site-Based Area Manager/ Mentor Advocate 

Favorite Childhood Show: 

Power Rangers

JULIE SOLOMON

Vice President of Finance 

Favorite Childhood Toy: 

Easy Bake Oven

HARLAN STALLINGS

Director of Volunteer Recruitment 

Favorite Childhood Show: 

G-Force: Guardians of Space 

DAISERAE WHITE

Enrollment Match Specialist

Favorite Childhood Show: 

A Different World

GWEN YATES

Match Support Specialist 

Favorite Childhood Activity: 

Climbing Trees

TOGETHER, WE ARE

Defenders of Potential

GIVE TODAY

Your financial support helps us provide programs to children in our local community who need it the most! Your donation helps us develop more college grads, community leaders, and entrepreneurs.

BE A BIG

Interested in becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister? It’s a life-changing experience that gives the gift of friendship that will last a lifetime. Through one-to-one mentoring, lives are changing everyday. 

BECOME A PARTNER

Our work wouldn’t be possible without the support of our generous partners. By committing to a partnership, your contributions foster long-term mentoring relationships and academic support for at-risk children. 

Contact Us

Feel free to give us a call during office hours, or send us a message using our contact form. 

We aim to respond to all queries from our site within 24 hours.

ADDRESS

40 East Adams Street, Suite 220
Jacksonville, Florida 32202 

PHONE 

P: 904.727.9797
F: 904.727.9994 

HOURS

Monday – Friday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
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