Amy Rote Named President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region (BBBSCR) announces Amy Rote as its new president and CEO. Rote most recently served as interim President and CEO of the organization. She started with the agency in 2013 as Vice President of Programs where she successfully grew the agency’s outreach in its five-county service area.

“Our search committee led a rigorous process with input from a wide variety of constituents, outlining the skills, qualities and characteristics that we sought in our next leader,” said Eric Kiehl, Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors Chairperson. “The committee and the Board of Directors conducted multiple interviews with the strongest candidates, thoughtfully narrowing the pool. Ms. Rote clearly separated herself as the best candidate to lead Big Brothers Big Sisters into the future.”

Rote’s dedication to helping young people in need of mentorship is evident. She designed and launched Grow Big, Grow Well, a health and wellness education curriculum and championed Beyond School Walls, the career and workforce development program that matches high school students with mentors from local companies. Rote also introduced Bigs in Blue, a national Big Brothers Big Sisters initiative that matches youth with active-duty law enforcement personnel who serve as mentors. Under her guidance, BBBSCR’s Bigs In Blue has grown to be the second-largest program in the nation.

“I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to lead this amazing organization. Throughout my career, I have been dedicated to creating opportunities that inspire and empower young people to reach their full potential,” said Rote. “The challenges young people face today are
compounded by the restrictions and stress of the pandemic. To build resiliency and ensure they are equipped with the guidance to pursue their dreams, our mission is more crucial than ever.”

Rote graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in therapeutic recreation and recreational therapy. She also has a Master of Education in public health education and promotion. Prior to joining BBBSCR, Rote served as an adjunct therapist for the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute and a certified therapeutic recreational specialist for Masonic Village at Elizabethtown.

She currently serves on Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s Bigs In Blue and High School Mentoring Programs committees.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region (BBBSCR) creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. For more than 35 years, BBBSCR has kept its promise by expertly crafting and maintaining compatible mentoring matches between Littles (at-risk youth) and Bigs (mature volunteers) in the Capital Region. Our commitment includes using evidence-based best practices to achieve personalized outcomes and supporting matches throughout their life (one to ten years). Contributions in all forms are vital to fulfilling the agency’s mission. BBBSCR is a 501(c)(3) charity, registered with the PA Bureau of Charities, and an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. For more information, visit the BBBSCR website at