Corporate mentors celebrate their middle school mentees' successes

Paul Kurtz
May 31, 2018 - 8:17 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A corporate partner of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region held a graduation party Thursday for adult mentors and their junior partners involved in the Beyond School Walls program. 

The students, known as littles, have spent several hours each month of the school year observing and interacting with the so-called bigs at AmeriHealth Caritas.

Beyond School Walls matches corporate bigs with middle school-age littles. AmeriHealth is one of nearly 30 corporations that provide mentors. 

AmeriHealth Chairman and CEO Paul Tufano said they've been mentoring kids for six years. 

"Students that we've been mentoring have all been really successful," he said. "One of our graduates is about to enter Widener University as a presidential scholar."

Lunch, refreshments and gifts were presented to the eighth-graders who graduated from the program.

Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Marcus Allen said the program gives kids from poor, one-parent families a taste of the corporate world and a chance to soak up some the real-life experiences of their successful corporate mentors. 

"I believe that our expansion in this area warrants what's happening with the new challenges that kids are facing around workforce development and 21st-century skills that our kids, particularly in the Philadelphia region, lack," he added.