Representing BBBS in our community is what Jean Setley’s job is all about. As the Director of Community Outreach and Recruitment, her typical day is anything but. She’s constantly meeting new people, identifying potential partners and looking for new ways to get people engaged with the BBBS mission, whether it be through volunteering as a Big, signing up their child to be a Little, or sponsoring programs.
Jean says she was drawn to Big Brothers Big Sisters because she really believes in the mission and channels that enthusiasm into her work.
“I like everything about my job,” says Jean. “I like talking about the difference mentoring makes and meeting new people.”
Jean says people may be surprised to know just how long BBBS has been providing mentoring services within the Twin Cities community. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities has been matching Bigs and Littles for over 90 years, and this branch is the 10th largest in the nation.
Growing up, Jean had her own mentors. Her first music teacher inspired her to achieve goals she never imagined. “She pushed me to go beyond what I thought I was capable of doing,” Jean says. “She helped me be prepared to accomplish my goals.”
According to Jean, a good mentor is someone that will go the distance. “You need someone that will give unconditional support and care but will still hold you accountable,” she says. Does that sound like you? Learn more about becoming a Big here.