In early May, Related’s Early Career Network (ECN) worked with nonprofit Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC (BBBS) to arrange a scenic neighborhood walk through West Chelsea. Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC is the city’s oldest and largest youth mentoring group, bringing together students who are nicknamed “Littles” with adult volunteers nicknamed “Bigs” for enriching and educational events held throughout the year. On ECN’s neighborhood walk, Hudson Yards employee “Bigs” spent quality time with “Littles” who were students from Manhattan's Leadership & Public Service High School, leading them from Hudson Yards through Hudson River Park, Chelsea Piers and the High Line.
Throughout the school year, BBBS “Littles” attend bi-weekly two-hour training sessions at Hudson Yards where Related employee “Bigs” coach them on career and life skills, including business etiquette, career exploration, financial investment, teamwork and company pride. For many of these students, they begin the BBBS program in sophomore year of high school and continue until graduation, which helps them develop useful skills that will support them throughout their entire careers.