PRESS RELEASE: October 14, 2010

 Big Brothers Big Sisters Hires Case Manager

Brattleboro—Youth Services’ newest employee is Denise Forkin, recently hired as Community-Based Case Manager for its Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program.

Forkin is tasked with increasing the number of children served and the longevity of matches by providing professional support to children and adults involved in the program.

Not new to the agency nor the program, Forkin served in a similar capacity with Big Brothers Big Sisters eight years ago before taking time off to raise her young children.  Prior to that she spent six years at Youth Services providing home-based family counseling for families either reuniting with their children or at risk of losing them to State’s custody and served for a year as the office manager for the agency.  Since her children were born she has worked part-time in banking, as a hostess, supervising court ordered visitations and providing specialized tutoring for children.

“I’m grateful to have another chance to work with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program as well as to once again be associated with Youth Services,” said Denise Forkin. “I look forward to using my ability to navigate and understand what personality types are compatible, in order to create successful mentoring matches,” explained Forkin.

The new employee has firsthand experience with the joys of mentoring as a Big Sister, having been one for two girls over a four year period.  “I know firsthand the strong bond that relationship can develop,” said Forkin, “and I think more area adults should consider this great four-hours a month volunteer opportunity.

Rob Szpila, program manager of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program agreed. “My goal is for every caring adult in our community to consider becoming a mentor to one of the many wonderful “Littles” on our waiting list, then call Denise to be walked through the process.”

 Forkin has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Antioch New England Graduate School and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the State University of New York.

 Nearly two hundred children in Windham County and nearby New Hampshire currently benefit from the program and are matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister. Several youngsters throughout the county are eagerly waiting to be matched with an adult mentor.

Research shows Little Brothers and Little Sisters are: 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs; 27% less likely to begin using alcohol; 52% less likely to skip school; and more confident about their academic performance in school.

 To find out how you can get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, call Youth Services at (802) 257-0361 or visit www.youthservicesinc.org 

 

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