NRLT Partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters VTCRC
Opportunities for new partnerships can spring up in surprising places. Conservation Outreach Coordinator Kirby Walke was working at RunAbout Sports when Tina Cannon came by to thank RunAbout for allowing her organization to volunteer for an aid station at the Hokie Half Marathon. As the conversation progressed, Tina shared about her work as director of a new Big Brothers Big Sisters program at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (VTCRC), a mentoring program which pairs local youth (“Littles”) with professionals from the VTCRC and surrounding community (“Bigs”). Kirby wondered if the New River Land Trust could provide some outdoor field experiences for Tina’s group through our Youth Outreach Program. The result has been an exciting new partnership between the NRLT and Big Brothers Big Sisters VTCRC.