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Team Highlight - Jalin Gerdes


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

  • I am the Enrollment and Match Coordinator at BBBSL. I have the privilege of enrolling volunteers (Bigs) and youth/families (Little's) into the program. I then get the opportunity to match Bigs and Littles by determining who would be a successful match based on preferences, interests and personality traits. 

What drew you to Big Brothers Big Sisters Lincoln initially?

  • When I was an undergraduate student, I chose to volunteer at a local mentoring organization as a mentor and work study student. I learned the ins and outs of the organization while also having a first hand experience of being a mentor. I quickly realized my passion lies within mentoring and have been honored to make a career out of it.

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

  • I enjoy meeting all of the people who are impacted by BBBSL. Whether that be volunteers, youth, families, donors, board members, staff and community partners. It's incredibly rewarding to see a match out in the community or to learn how a mentoring relationship is evolving by their Match Support Specialist. 

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

  • An interesting job I had prior to BBBSL was working for Kearney Public Schools as a Home Visitor Specialist. I had the opportunity to attend several national conferences and trainings which took me to New York City, Palm Springs and St. Petersburg.

What is your favorite hobby? 

  • Some of my favorite hobbies include reading books, going on motorcycle rides and exploring the outdoors with my 2-year old son and Goldendoodle.