Blake Dowling: Salute to mentors — because it takes a village

I was fortunate to have the pleasure of working with several Floridians who are (or were) mentors in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Drew Piers from Sachs Media; Tom Derzypolski from Bowstern; one of my mentors, Steve Evans, was a Big Brother; Sam Vance from Ladies Learning to Lead; Mickey Moore who also is a consultant for our firm, Samantha Sexton from the University of Florida; too many to mention them all. We all need mentors and none more than the young people in our communities around the state.

Cheers to these citizens for being there for our youth.

While our state and nation continue to battle through 2020, what has happened in the world of youth mentorship? Many traditional interactions have ceased, but new opportunities appear.

As I mentioned to Katie from WCTV this week, while traditional outings — sports, the mall, fair, etc. — might be on hold, the local BBBS Agency launched a new activity that mentors and their “littles” could collaborate on.

It started as a casual idea for a talent show and two months later, the ‘Big Talent Showcase’ was born. The mission was to challenge all the youth

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