Big Brothers Big Sisters Names Public Defender’s Office “Partner of the Year”

This year’s Community Partner of the Year Award for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami (BBBS) was bestowed upon the Law Offices of Public Defender Bennett H. Brummer at the recent luncheon honoring mentors. BBBS annually serves over 5,000 children and is the lead agency for Governor Bush’s mentoring initiative.

"Every child we mentor is less likely to ever get involved with the juvenile or criminal courts," Brummer said. "If we can help a child learn to read and have hope for the future, not only that child, but our entire community, will reap the benefits."

The honor acknowledges a decade of Public Defender support of BBBS and outstanding service to Miami-Dade County’s youth. Several Public Defender employees currently mentor children in elementary schools for one hour a week.

Brummer added, “working with Big Brothers Big Sisters is an invaluable part of our Anti-Violence Initiative in which we encourage staff to volunteer for community activities.”

Go to www.pdmiami.com/avi_program_description.htm for more about the Public Defender’s Anti-Violence Initiative.

Individual plaques were also presented to Corlette Floyd, the office’s director of support services, for 10 years with the mentoring program, and to chief assistant public defender Carlos J. Martinez for his five years of service.

“We visit children in school and work with them in scholastic areas where they are having difficulty,” said Floyd. “We also speak to them about any issues they might be facing and encourage them to plan for their futures.”

To become a mentor, visit www.wementor.org or call 305/644-0066.

 

 

 

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