Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region Expands Beyond School Walls Youth Mentorship Program

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region (BBBSCR) has expanded its Beyond School Walls program to help even more high school students in the region. Deloitte and Mid Penn Bank are now collaborating with BBBSCR to provide professional mentoring to participating students.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America established Beyond School Walls in 2008 to address workforce development needs and job readiness skills. The curriculum-based program works with local businesses to introduce students to workplace cultures, team collaboration, and the soft skills needed to build a foundation for success.

Volunteer mentors from Deloitte will be matched one-on-one with ten students from Cumberland Valley High School. Volunteer mentors from Mid Penn Bank will be matched with nine students from Susquehanna Township High School. The students will explore career opportunities, develop important workplace skills and learn how to build professional relationships. Due to COVID-19, the program will be conducted through bi-monthly video conferences.

Beyond School Walls was launched locally during the 2016-17 school year through a partnership with Capital BlueCross.

“The students in the Capital BlueCross partnership have flourished,” says BBBSCR Interim CEO Amy Rote. “You can see their faces light up when they’re with their mentors. Compared to their first year in the program, the students are more outspoken and confident.”

Deloitte is strengthening its relationship with BBBSCR as part of their RightStep Corporate Citizenship Program. RightStep is a student-focused initiative, which offers a variety of services through 5 pillars: Mentorship, Junior Achievement, STEM/Tech, SAT Prep, and fostering relationships with educational institutions through the Commonwealth’s Intermediate Units.

The depth and breadth of Deloitte’s professional services, and the organizations they serve, will enable the students to experience a workplace that prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion; community involvement; and making an impact that matters. BBBSCR customized the Beyond School Walls program to take full advantage of this unique opportunity for the students.

“Deloitte was an ideal fit because their mentors will introduce the students to inclusive cultural diversity in the workplace,” says Rote. “Our program curriculum will address communication, cultural sensitivity and collaboration in a global organization with a strong, local commitment. The students will also experience first-hand the challenges that develop in a culturally diverse environment and adapt to different communication styles and problem-solving solutions.

“As an organization deeply committed to our local communities, we understand the importance of nurturing and mentoring children and young adults,” says Michele Keller, Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP. “We are proud to come together with BBBSCR to help create an experience that is impactful for both the students and our professionals, and one that will contribute to long-term progress in the Harrisburg region.”

Mid Penn Bank has a long history of community involvement and is a long-time supporter of BBBSCR. It prioritizes developing impactful philanthropic initiatives that include opportunities for employee engagement.

Many of the Susquehanna Township High School students participating in this Beyond School Walls program partnership are exploring finance, banking, and accounting careers through the school’s Pathways career development program. Mid Penn Bank will encourage the students to explore the full spectrum of career experiences in the finance and banking world.

“Institutions like Mid Penn Bank offer challenging career opportunities with enormous growth potential,” says Justin Webb, Mid Penn Bank Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer and BBBSCR Board Member. “Our team is excited to partner with BBBSCR to introduce a new generation of talent to the virtually limitless possibilities of a career in community banking.”

Students who participate in Beyond School Walls receive mentorship throughout their high school career. The multi-year program engages students until they graduate, helping them develop a plan for life after high school.

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 www.capbigs.org.

About Deloitte Consulting LLP

Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including nearly 90% of the Fortune 500® and more than 7,000 private companies. Our people work across the industry sectors that drive and shape today’s marketplace — delivering measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to see challenges as opportunities to transform and thrive, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthy society. Deloitte is proud to be part of the largest global professional services network serving our clients in the markets that are most important to them. Now celebrating 175 years of service, our network of member firms spans more than 150 countries and territories. Learn how Deloitte’s more than 312,000 people worldwide make an impact that matters at www.deloitte.com.

About Mid Penn Bank

Mid Penn Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: MPB), headquartered in Millersburg, Pennsylvania, has been serving the community since 1868. Mid Penn has 39 retail locations in the state of Pennsylvania and total assets of more than $2 billion. Its footprint includes Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fayette, Lancaster, Luzerne, Montgomery, Northumberland, Schuylkill and Westmoreland counties. The bank offers a comprehensive portfolio of products and services to meet the banking needs of the communities it serves. To learn more about Mid Penn Bank, visit www.midpennbank.com.