Cayman Big Brothers Big Sisters Gearing Up for Greater Impact
Pilar Bush, Chairman of Big Brothers, Big Sisters
In September 2019, the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Cayman recognized the need to change the organization's operating model in response to its assessment of youth needs both during and post-pandemic. Among the changes implemented includes the appointment of an Executive Director of Strategic Development.
During the COVID-19 lock down and in the months since, hundreds more children are having to cope with adverse childhood experiences resulting from the pandemic, e.g. increased changes to living arrangements, concerns about food security, loss of family income or unemployment and a number of unattended health issues arising from lack of health insurance. Left unaddressed, these adverse childhood experiences can lead to negative impacts on a child’s emotional and social development, underperformance at school and an increased likelihood to engage in risky behaviours.
With the change in its operating model, BBBS hopes to elevate the level of measurable positive results the renowned mentoring programme has in the Cayman Islands by implementing a proven methodology for identifying, pairing, and addressing the critical developmental needs of the youth and mentors serving the BBBS programme.
As such, BBBS is pleased to announce the engagement of Gregory Smith as Executive Director of Strategic Development. Beginning in mid-September, Mr Smith will serve a six-month, targeted assignment to help BBBS Cayman scale its operations to serve more children and adolescents providing greater impact to the Cayman community.
Previously serving as the CEO for the YMCA of the Cayman Islands, Mr Smith has over 25 years of non-profit management experience and is regarded as a highly talented leader in the areas of strategic planning, leadership development, team-building and organizational development.
Explaining the purpose and objectives of the newly formed role, BBBS Chairman Pilar Bush stated “With his dedicated efforts in the coming months, Greg’s experience and expertise will help our volunteer Board of Directors and staff implement necessary changes to improve current processes and scale our operations to have a lasting, positive impact on more children and adolescents in our community.
With support from lartger BBBS affiliates in the US and Canada, a strong governance model and a community committed to volunteering, the Cayman chapter of BBBS seems very well positioned for a period of significant growth.