Pittsburgh, PA – Emma Fazio, Senior Human Resource Manager at SDLC Partners, has been announced as the 2019 Young Professionals Outreach (YPO) Board Member of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh (BBBS).
As a YPO board member for three years, Emma focuses on fundraising, community engagement, and acting as a corporate liaison between her employer SDLC Partners, their sister cybersecurity company, CyLumena, and the BBBS of Pittsburgh organization.
“Being part of a team like the Young Professionals Outreach Board shows that when you put a group of talented individuals together, who share a passion for helping others, great momentum can be built,” shares Ms. Fazio.
Her involvement with BBBS of Pittsburgh began as a big sister to Madison as part of the Mentor 2.0 program. Emma and Madison have been matched for three years, and they will continue throughout Madison’s high school career.
Ms. Fazio reflects on her relationship with Madison, “Being a big sister in the Mentor 2.0 program is my favorite part of my involvement with the foundation. To be able to advise on preparing for college has been great. Still, the moments when we share stories of family, relationships, and navigating high school, have been the most memorable part of the program.”
Emma moved from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh in 2010 for an internship. She anticipated only staying a short time, but what kept her here was the unique opportunities to volunteer and get involved in the community. Her first volunteering opportunity was in Magee–Womens Hospital’s Cuddler Program in the neonatal intensive care unit. Later, she raised funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation before joining the YPO with BBBS.
Since joining BBBS as a Big Sister, and, through YPO, Emma has been deeply involved in fundraising. “I’m so proud of our YPO group, who raised over $50k for Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2019. Those funds help support BBBS’s many programs; community-based, site-based, and Mentor 2.0. The goal of these programs is to strive to ‘help develop strong one-to-one relationships and make a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young children.’ In 2020, the YPO goal is to pass that record by raising $60k,” challenges Emma.
She leverages her role as a senior human resource manager to engage employees at SDLC Partners and CyLumena and encourage them to get involved in many activities that the two organizations sponsor for Big Brother Big Sisters. These events include their annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake, corporate raffles, and bake sales, where employees raised over $7,000 in 2019.
Ms. Fazio looks for ways to support further the Littles of Pittsburgh and the Big Brother Big Sister organization, sharing, “It feels good to know that the community is shedding light on important programs, such as those that Big Brothers Big Sisters offers. The more these programs are shared, the more I hope adults become involved in supporting children within our communities. It makes a difference!”