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Team Highlight - Melissa Neater

  • What is your role at Big Brothers Big Sisters Lincoln? What do you do?

I am currently working as a Match Support Specialist (MSS). Once a match is made they are assigned a Match Support Specialist (Me). As the MSS, I ensure the safety of all parties, provide consistent contact with mentors, mentees, and parents/guardians to help provide support, problem-solving, and feedback. I also give matches activity ideas and let them know about free opportunities like donated tickets.  

  • What drew you to Big Brothers Big Sisters Lincoln initially?

I always knew I wanted to work with youth to help them succeed and prosper so Big Brothers Big Sisters was a perfect fit!

  • What is your favorite part about working for Big Brothers Big Sisters Lincoln?

I have been with BBBS Lincoln for 22 years - My time here has allowed me to see local youth grow into some amazing young adults who are now contributing to the Lincoln community. Seeing a youth that never thought they would go to college, let alone finish high school, and accomplish these things; It warms my heart.

  • Before working at Big Brothers Big Sisters Lincoln, what was the most interesting job you've ever had?

Most people that know me from childhood were totally blown away that I started off my career assisting youth at Cedar's by working with teenage girls and then moved to BBBS Lincoln where I interviewed volunteers and families and spent much of my time talking with individuals over the phone. You may ask why people were surprised by my career path - Well it was because I never really spoke during grade school due to being deathly shy!

  • What is your favorite hobby? 

Reading! I am a bookworm.