paul fishman us attyKeynote speaker is Paul J. Fishman, United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey

West Long Branch, N.J. - In partnership with Monmouth University, Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation (BBBS) of New Jersey is hosting a one-day summit on Friday, May 1, for professionals in the field of youth development and mentoring. Scheduled from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the University’s Anacon Hall, the summit will focus on best practices for child safety and provide a networking opportunity for new and existing mentoring partners. A panel of experts will round out the day with information on local funding sources.


The keynote speaker Paul J. Fishman, United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, will speak at 10:15 a.m. 

Other distinguished speakers and panelists include:

 •  Susan M. Coan, VP of the Atlantic City Electric Region of Pepco Holdings, Inc.

•   Kathy Durante, Executive Director, OceanFirst Foundation

•   Dominique Goss, VP, Community Relations Manager for the PA/NJ Markets, TD Bank

•   Nancy Hamilton, Program Officer, Community Foundation of New Jersey

•   Thomas C. Huth, Asst. Prosecutor for Monmouth County & Director, Major Crimes Bureau

•   Julie Novak, VP, Child Safety for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

•   Kristen Truffa, Associate Director, MANY

The mission of BBBS of New Jersey is to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters Programs throughout N.J. through the sharing of best practices, mutual support, awareness building, advocacy and the acquisition of developmental resources and funding. There are nine Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies providing comprehensive, quality community, school and site–based mentoring services to at risk children in all N.J. 21 counties. Collectively, Big Brothers Big Sisters provides services to more than 4,537 children in long-term mentoring relationships with 4,537 volunteers who have been screened and are supervised by professional staff.

Monmouth University partners with BBBS of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties through its Project BAM mentoring program, which connects Monmouth University students with Asbury Park High School students. This community outreach program, sponsored by the University’s Institute for Global Understanding, also meets the objectives of the United Nations Academic Impact, where academic institutions, including Monmouth University, make a commitment to use education to address global problems.

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