Toyota Helps Honor Big Brothers Big Sisters Graduates
For over a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has been making a profound impact on the lives of young people all across the country. It’s become one of the largest youth mentoring organizations in the country, and has made its presence felt in communities from coast to coast. Earlier this summer, South Dade Toyota was lucky enough to play a role in honoring 300 recent high school graduates who will be moving on to bigger and better things in college after spending part of their youth in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami mentoring program.
The 300 students honored were all at one time or another considered “at-risk youths,” prompting them to spend time with Big Brothers Big Sisters. However, through the help of the organization’s tried and true mentoring program, all 300 are now high school graduates who will soon be furthering their education and beginning a new and promising chapter in their lives. There’s no denying that time spent as a “Little” at Big Brothers Big Sisters had a positive impact on each and every one of the 300 Miami area young people that were honored.
In recognition of their accomplishments, South Dade Toyota chose to sponsor the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami graduation ceremony, celebrating the achievements of those 300 Big Brothers Big Sisters alumni. Following the ceremony, sponsors like South Dade Toyota helped award more than $78,000 in grants and scholarships to help the recent high school graduates pay for their college education. As most of us know, any kind of assistance is important when it comes to paying for college.
For one lucky graduate, South Dade Toyota had an extra special surprise in store. The Homestead, Florida dealership gave Monet Guardado a complimentary lease on a brand new car. South Dade Toyota general manager Boris Lopez was on hand to present the car to Guardado, who could not control her tears when she found out she was getting a brand new Toyota to help her, as Lopez put it, “keep moving forward in life.”
It was truly an extraordinary night for Big Brothers Big Sisters, the city of Miami, but most of all for the 300 recent graduates who have the tools and the confidence to do great things in life because of the time they spent with Big Brothers Big Sisters. South Dade Toyota considers itself lucky to have been a part of the celebration and grateful to have helped such deserving young people in some small way accomplish great things in the future.