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(l-r) Diandra Grinag, Angel, and Councilwoman Gibson

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‘Sisters’ Honored

On Thursday, January 31, the local community, along with Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, the nation’s first and New York’s largest youth mentoring organization, for a special ceremony celebrating the agency’s ‘Bronx Big of the Year.’

During the ceremony, which commemorated National Mentoring Month, borough resident Diandra Grinag was honored for her dedication to serving as a caring mentor to her 8-year-old Little Sister, Angel.

In just one year as a match, Diandra has served as a tremendous pillar of support for Angel.

During their time together Diandra helped her Little Sister overcome obstacles at home and in school, and provided her with the tools and resources she needed to develop self-confidence and improve in her academics.

(l-r) Councilman King, Elijah and Specialist Robert I Goins.
Photo by Fernando Justiniano

Jon May, trustee and interim executive director of BBBS of NYC. said: Diandra is truly an outstanding Big Sister and has continued to go above and beyond to support Angel. We are pleased to honor Diandra for her commitment to the values of our organization, and we thank Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson for joining us for this special celebration.


On Friday, February 8, New York Army National Guard Specialist Robert Goins surprised his children Allana, seven years old, and Jayden eight years old at a special assembly at P.S, 111.

He left in March 2018 for nearly a year first deployed in Kuwait, then Alexandria, Egypt.

Joining in the surprise celebration were Councilman Andy King, Jason Loughran, associate director of special programs and initiatives for the Department of Veterans’ Services, his wife Anistasia and other family members.

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Councilman Andy King (l) and the Goins family.
Photo by Fernando Justiniano

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