New Partnership with University of Maryland School of Public Health


Big Brothers Big Sisters formed a partnership in October 2013 with the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health Internship Program.

UMD’s first student intern, Shaina Weiner, will be Health Educator and is preparing to teach BBBSNCA’s “Building Positive Futures” Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program in two schools – Bruce-Monroe Elementary School at Park View and Friendship Chamberlain Elementary Charter School.

Shaina will receive her B.S. from the Department of Behavioral and Community Health program in May 2014. Assisting her will be Katlyn Holley, who will receive her B.S. in Family Studies from Towson University in May 2014. BBBS has enjoyed a multi-year relationship with Towson students as interns to give their students an opportunity to practice in their fields and learn about non-profit organizations.

“In my first class at the University of Maryland,” Shaina says, “my professor put a quote up on the board that encompassed my fascination with health: ‘Health is seen as a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living.'”

“I think we must all realize that we want to be happy and achieve our dreams, but to do so we must be holistically healthy, in mind, body, spirit,” agrees Denise Williams, BBBSNCA President and CEO. “It’s crucial to give people the tools to succeed, so they can go on achieve their highest goals.”

Ms. Williams stated that the BPF Program embodies this belief – that we must educate our young people between the ages of 10-14 years old about the changes taking place in their bodies, minds and emotions. Learn more about our “Building Positive Futures” program.