Inside South Florida recently interviewed MedPro Healthcare Staffing CEO Liz Tonkin to discuss the company’s partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward, which gives Littles a chance to gain job skills while working toward their high school diploma.
MedPro, a leading provider in contract healthcare staffing services, was named the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County 2022 Corporate Partner of the Year for outstanding participation in the BBBS Broward County School to Work Workplace Mentoring Program.
“We first decided to participate in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County’s School to Work program because we thought it would be a great opportunity to help teens, expand our community involvement, and provide our internal employees with an enriching experience,” Tonkin told host Jason Carter. However, she added that participants didn’t realize the tremendous impact being a mentor would have on them individually and as a company.
Dillard High Littles
MedPro’s Bigs shared their professional expertise with their Dillard High Littles, conducted mock interviews, and helped them with their presentation skills. The Littles were able to come into the office and experience a typical day at work and what their Big’s job entailed. “It really gave us a chance to just talk and connect and get to know each other. But I think the greatest impact was opening up our Littles eyes to possibilities. Many of these kids come from single-parent homes and low-income families, and spending time with another adult was so important and gave them fresh perspectives and new experiences to draw from,” said Tonkin.
MedPro’s CEO was joined by BBBS Director of Partnerships and Program Design, Janelle Ferguson. Ferguson reported an increase in student involvement and participation and an improvement in participants’ academics and overall well-being. “Kids are now deciding what they want to do with their lives,” said Ferguson. “Spending time with mentors and shadowing them at their job has allowed them [Littles] to expand their horizons and grow.”
MedPro raised over $47 thousand through the Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk for BBBS to use toward scholarships and other programs supporting children. The annual event has become a highlight for many on Thanksgiving Day. When asked if Tonkin would recommend other companies participate in the program, she didn’t hesitate. “Just do it… Don’t let fear stop you. Big Brothers Big Sisters will guide you every step of the way.”