JM Family Enterprises, Inc., in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County, recently launched a School-to-Work mentoring program to help middle school students understand career opportunities, learn the value of workplace skills and inspire them to achieve their dreams. The 9-month program kicked off with a half-day tour of JM Family’s Deerfield Beach headquarters where 11 Deerfield Beach Middle School students learned about the company and met their mentors, associates spanning the company’s business units and corporate functions.
“We’re proud to offer this School-to-Work program to help these young students see their potential and aspire to great achievement in the workplace and in life,” said Colin Brown, chairman and CEO of JM Family. “This new program, and our long-standing partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County, supports our company’s spirit of giving back to our community, particularly in the areas of nurturing children and promoting education.”
School-to-Work, a proven Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentoring program in other areas, pairs corporate partners with high schools and middle schools to offer students career mentoring for four hours a month during a 9-month period. The initial meeting generated excitement among the children, aged 11 through 13 as they immediately began to appreciate the impact of the program.