ABOUT US

MISSION & VISION

Our MISSION is to create and support professionally guided one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

Our VISION is that all youth achieve their full potential. In partnership with six local colleges, universities, school districts, businesses, families, and the community at large, we create relationships that change lives for the bettter, forever.
 
Our PURPOSE is to clear the path to a child’s biggest possible future. Over the long-term, our goal for our Littles is that they graduate by the time they are 18 years old with a path for their future and a mentor for a lifetime.

Who We Are

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region (BBBSCR)

was established in New York's Capital Region in 1964 as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Albany County. In 1997 BBBS of Albany County merged with other local Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliates to form Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region. Since our founding, we have served thousands of Capital Region youth in supportive mentoring relationships.
 
While affiliated with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region is a regionally operated and funded 501(c)3 organization. We serve the Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady counties in New York State.

We know that while talent is equally distributed, Opportunity Isn't...

The children who participate in our programs face adversity at a higher rate than the average young person; 99% come from low-income homes, single-parent families, or have an incarcerated parent.
 
We are committed to freeing children from systemic traps and fostering their long-term happiness and success. Our research definitively proves that an investment of time by a stable, caring, adult role-model can empower children to realize their greatest potential.

Join us!

ABOUT US

Lea Montalto-Rook

CEO

518-862-1250 ext. 106
lea@bbbscr.org

Lisa O'Sullivan

Program Director

518-862-1250 ext. 107
lisao@bbbscr.org

Queta Duran

Program Manager

518-862-1250 ext. 102
enriquette@bbbscr.org

Cierra Daubitz

Assistant Program Manager

 

518-862-1250 ext. 109
cierra@bbbscr.org

BBBSCR relies on paid, trained staff to carefully match dependable volunteers with children, and then work to sustain that positive relationship. Our long-term, professionally-guided one-to-one mentoring relationships provide ongoing support to our Bigs, Littles, and their families. That's what makes us different from other mentoring organizations. We don't just create the matches, we guide these matches through their complete journey.

Want to DEFEND the potential of our Littles and be part of our team?

We're always looking for excellent people to join us! All staff members are asked to have a minimum of a bachelor's degree. Please contact lisao@bbbscr.org if you are interested in submitting a resume for one of our part-time positions. We can't wait to hear from you.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT

Noelle PodobaM&T Bank, VP in Mortgage Division
 
VICE PRESIDENT

Michael LawrenceMVP, Director of Learning, Performance, and Culture
 
SECRETARY

Lanyel BrandonStewart's Shops, Non Food & Grocery Category Manager at Stewart's Shops Corp.
 
TREASURER

Dan O'Connor, Spring Street Financial, Partner and Private Wealth Advisor

Amy AndersonM&T Bank

Shaniqua Dowdy, City of Albany

Amanda GanskyWildwood Programs

Amelia Gifford, Center for Internet Security

Candice HuntCAP COM FCU

David KubikianHerzog Law Firm

Peter MortkaNorthwestern Mutual

Matt ScarchilliSandler Training

Russ TeplitzkyDeCrescente Distributing Company, Inc

Samoria ZurloSEFCU