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Big Brothers Big Sisters partners with Floyd Academy and Stony Brook University

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island announced a significant partnership with the Floyd Academy and Stony Brook University to help provide children with life-changing mentoring relationships.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) and Floyd Academy site-based mentoring program is matching volunteer mentors from Stony Brook University with the students enrolled at Floyd Academy in Mastic Beach. The mentors meet children during school hours under supervision at Floyd Academy. They come together each month to provide academic support, vocational and college readiness tools, nurturing friendships, and the opportunity to model positive behavior, according to a BBBSLI statement. The free program is designed to foster personal growth, academic success, and positive life experiences, all in a structured and supportive environment.

“This collaboration between BBBSLI and Floyd Academy has the power to make a lasting difference in the lives of our young learners, providing them with the mentorship and support needed to unlock their full potential,” Fabiola Turner, chief program officer of BBBSLI, said in the statement. “I eagerly anticipate witnessing the growth and success of Floyd Academy students within this educational and enriching site-based program.”

John DeBenedetto, principal of Floyd Academy, said the collaboration between Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Long Island, Stony Brook University, and Floyd Academy has been profoundly beneficial for students. “They are experiencing mentorship from highly compassionate professionals who offer invaluable guidance and support,” he said in the statement. “These life lessons will prepare our students for their post-high school journey. Our students eagerly anticipate future activities with BBBSLI and SBU.”

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