Every quarter at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, the agency votes to recognize an outstanding team member who has gone above and beyond.
This past quarter, the All-Star is our High School Bigs program manager, Jessica Reyes.
Jessica graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies. She heard about Big Brothers Big Sisters through a college classmate and fell in love with the mission of the organization.
Jessica now oversees the High School Bigs program and works directly with the entire program specialist team. Her favorite part of the job is helping plan the various initiatives involved in the program.
“Jessica is a kind and caring person who will give 110 percent of her energy to help others,” said Adi Soto, senior site-based program specialist. “She cares about the children we serve and is not only a great co-worker but an amazing person all around.”
Get to know more about Jessica:
- Jessica volunteers as a mentor for a local nonprofit.
- Her office nickname is “J. Rey.”
- Jessica wore many hats in her previous role as senior program administrator for the High School Bigs program.
What is the most enjoyable aspect of your job?
Building relationships with Littles and Bigs. We’re all working toward the same goal which makes it a collaborative experience.
What has been your favorite work memory?
The High School Big of the Year award! Every year, our auxiliary group honors two students in the program with the Angelitos Award and a $1,000 scholarship. The nomination process is always emotional because we get to learn more about the high school mentors and the obstacles they’ve overcome. It’s a reminder of the impact the program has on the students. We are fortunate to have mentors who trust us while they are being vulnerable about their challenges and successes. To be able to reward a Big Sister and Big Brother who are deserving of the honor and the $1,000 scholarship is extraordinary.
Who is an important mentor in your life and why?
Cristal Ochoa has been a great mentor. She’s always graceful and kind to everyone which are qualities that I personally admire. She pushes me outside of my comfort zone while being supportive. In addition, she listens and provides honest and constructive feedback. I am thankful to work with a supervisor who supports my visions and encourages me to always strive for the best when it comes to Littles and Bigs.