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Big Brothers Big Sisters and City of Lakeland Celebrate the Importance of Mentoring during National Mentoring Month | Learn more about the LIFT Lakeland and School-to-Work mentoring partnership at an open house on Thursday, January 20th

Lakeland, FL  (January 19, 2022)  | The City of Lakeland’s LIFT Lakeland initiative encourages businesses and other organizations to find ways to mentor both students and adults within our city.  The City of Lakeland has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay (BBBS) and Polk County Schools to bring the School-to-Work mentoring program to Lakeland High School students to change lives and model this program to others.  In celebration of National Mentoring Month in January, BBBS and the City of Lakeland invite the community to attend their monthly School-to-Work site visit at Lakeland Electric, 501 E. Lemon St., Lakeland, FL 33801, on January 20th from 9:30 am-12:30 pm to learn more about the impact this program has on local students. 

 The BBBS School-to-Work mentoring program provides a three-way partnership between the local school districts, BBBS, and corporate and community partners, which provides one-to-one mentoring in the workplace for high school students to help improve graduation rates. 100% of seniors who completed the School-to-Work program have graduated from high school! 

 City of Lakeland partnered with BBBS for the 2021-2022 school year as part of the LIFT Lakeland initiative to bridge gaps and develop harmonious relationships through people-centered solutions, such as youth mentoring. Students (designated as “Littles”) from Lakeland High School visit the employees (“Bigs”) at the City of Lakeland offices one morning each month during the school year for about three hours. Littles learn post-graduation skills, then spend one-to-one time with their Bigs discussing goals and planning for the future. 

 “We are so grateful for a framework which allows City associates to inspire hope and align dreams with potential opportunities in the lives of the Littles with whom are partnered.  Tweaking life trajectory by broadening early consideration of future life options matters! It will be a rich reward to follow the progress of our Littles in the years ahead. We want to make a difference.,” says Bill Mutz, Mayor of Lakeland and a Big Brother in the School-to-Work program. 

 For more information and to RSVP for the event, contact Angie Pattison at (863) 220-1116 or AngieP@BBBSTampaBay.org. 



Kevin Cook
Director of Communications
City of Lakeland

About Lakeland

The City of Lakeland was incorporated in January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida.  With a current population of over 100,000, Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years.  With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor.  The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third-largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 110 years ago.

For additional information about the City of Lakeland, please visit www.lakelandgov.net.  Citizens are also invited to follow the City on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Vimeo, Snapchat and Nextdoor.  Citizens can find the City of Lakeland on these social media platforms by searching lakelandgov. 



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