ST. CLOUD, MN (May 7, 2019) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota annually recognizes volunteers who go above and beyond in their role as a mentor. The following mentors were selected to receive an award for the significant impact they’ve had on their “Little”/mentee and their advocacy of the mentoring program.
2019 Central Minnesota Big Brother of the Year: Joe Maiers, St. Cloud, mentor for 10 years
2019 Central Minnesota Big Sister of the Year: Hope Hippler, Sartell, mentor for 6 years
2019 Central Minnesota Big Family of the Year: Jason & Jen Carlson and their daughter Ruby, Sauk Rapids, mentors for 2 years
2019 Central Minnesota High School Big Brother of the Year: Alex Foss, Foley High School, mentor for 3 years
2019 Central Minnesota High School Big Sister of the Year: Jes Lemke, Sartell High School, mentor for 2 years
Local mentor candidates represent Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota in the statewide competition. The state selects one outstanding mentor in each category to represent Minnesota in a national competition. In addition to receiving the local title, four mentors from the St. Cloud agency were honored with the statewide title:
Joe Maiers was selected as the 2019 Minnesota State Big Brother of the Year
Jason & Jen Carlson, along with their daughter Ruby, were selected as the 2019 Minnesota State Big Family of the Year
Alex Foss was selected as 2019 Minnesota State High School Big Brother of the Year
Jes Lemke was selected as 2019 Minnesota State High School Big Sister of the Year
All awardees were recognized on May 2nd during the Big Celebration, an annual event held to honor the agency’s mentors.
Big Sister of the Year Hope Hippler offers the following advice to anyone considering volunteering, “if you want to feel young, mentor a Little. You aren’t too old. Your Little will adore you. You will bring joy and meaning to your life by defending your Little’s potential.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota currently has over 100 children waiting for a mentor. To learn how you can make a difference in the life of a child, please call (320) 253-1616 or visit www.BigDefenders.org.
Photo 1: Big Brother Joe Maiers with his Little Brother Cole
Photo 2: Big Sister Hope Hippler with her Little Sister Ali
Photo 3: Big Family Jason, Jen & Ruby Carlson with their Little Sister Amelia (center)
Photo 4: High School Big Brother Alex Foss with his Little Brother Ashton
Photo 5: High School Big Sister Jes Lemke with her Little Sister Adrianna
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota was established in 1969 and provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.