Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast is thrilled to announce that Big Brother Carlos Bates, has been selected as The Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Florida winner of their 2023 Big of the Year award.
“Carlos’ match relationship exemplifies the positive impact that long-term one-to-one mentoring has on our children, said Dan Prinzing, CEO, of Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Florida. Carlos will represent Florida for the National Big Brother of the Year award to be named in June of 2023.”
“Carlos is a long-time Big Brother. He first came to the organization in 2010. He is no stranger to mentoring–having a wealth of experience with children and young adults. He genuinely cares about the success of his Littles and is willing to go out of his way to help them achieve it,” said Joy Mahler, President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast.
“I was fortunate to have people in my life growing up who recognized my talents and saw possibilities in me long before I would- or could see the potential in myself. I remember the pangs of uncertainty and doubt that challenged me as a young person and I will never forget what it felt like to have someone I respected to tell me that they believed I would undoubtedly achieve my goals. I developed self-confidence and my self-esteem was boosted with the help of the mentors in my life, said Carlos Bates, Big Brother for the State of Florida. I knew early on that it would be a lifelong mission of mine to give some of that back. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast gave me the opportunity to fulfill that quest not only once but twice. I met Mihretu – my second Little Brother in 2017 when he was seven. I will never forget how he sized me up. While he may be small in stature, Mihretu makes up for it with a huge personality. He conducted his own interview of me during that hour-long match meeting and I was so relieved that I got the job!”
Photo caption: Senator Kathleen C. Passidomo, President of the Florida Senate for the 2022-2024 Legislative Term welcomes Little Brother Mihretu and his Big Brother Carlos Bates to A Day in the Legislature
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