#childsafety | Big Brother, Big Sister Of The Year Honored For Work With Youth

SARASOTA, FL — Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast recognizes Sid Friedman and Candy Brooks as the organization’s 2020 Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year.

Friedman, a Sarasota resident, is Big Brother to Jakobie, helping him with schoolwork and academic issues, as well as introducing him to government, community and business leaders.

“Sid is someone who has always been there for me and a true supporter,” Jakobie wrote about his Big Brother. “He has guided me and shown me opportunities and possibilities I could only dream of. He showed me what I needed to succeed in my post-secondary planning throughout high school and middle school.”

Brooks, an Englewood resident, became the Big Sister of Aaliyah three years ago, offering academic and emotional support to her.

In a statement about her Big Sister, Aaliyah wrote, “Candy Brooks is very sweet, caring and thoughtful. It is hard to count the times she was there for me through the years, but I can tell you I don’t know what I would have done without her. When I felt lost, she found me. When I struggled in school, she helped me. When I felt powerless, she made me powerful. She helped me find my strength when I was weak. She has helped me with my family issues and gave me advice, talked me through it. I trust her more than I trust anyone. She is my best friend. Candy and I have fun spending time together, do fun stuff together, and go to the parks, shopping and love to laugh a lot!”

For over 50 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast has been matching youth in meaningful, enduring, professionally supported mentoring relationships with adult volunteers who defend their potential and help them achieve their biggest possible futures. This past year, the organization has served over 1,800 youth across a 10-county footprint.

Learn how to get involved with BBBS online here.

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