Local Mentor Receives Statewide Recognition

ST. CLOUD, MN (March 31, 2017) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota annually recognizes distinguished volunteers for their outstanding role as a mentor. Police Sergeant, Kelly Simondet, was selected to receive this honor for his role as a “Big Brother” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program.

Police Sergeant Kelly Simondet became involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters through Bigs in Blue, a mentoring initiative that pairs local officers with youth.​ ​With a vision of working together, St. Cloud Police Chief Anderson, Sergeant Tad Hoeschen, and Big Brothers Big Sisters led the development of this innovative program.​ ​In 2013,​ ​Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota formed an official​ ​mentoring partnership with the St. Cloud Police Department.​ ​Sergeant Simondet was the first officer to volunteer for the program and has been a dedicated, supportive mentor ever since. 

Sergeant Simondet has been matched with his Little Brother, Nick, for 4 years. His companionship and guidance have been incredibly beneficial to his Little Brother. His Little Brother, Nick, has grown his confidence and improved his social skills since being matched with his Big Brother.

Big Brother Kelly has introduced his Little Brother to many new activities, including taking Nick on his first-ever camping trip, which has since turned into an annual tradition.

In addition to being a dedicated police sergeant and a devoted Big Brother, Kelly has become a valued advocate for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Always willing to share his mentoring story, Kelly has helped Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota grow its Bigs in Blue initiative and aided in recruiting additional police officers to participate.

In 2015, Kelly was awarded the Respect for Law award by the St. Cloud Optimists Club for his advocacy and support of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and his service as a Big Brother in the program.

Local mentor candidates represent Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota in a statewide competition. In addition to receiving the local title, Sergeant Kelly Simondet was selected as the Minnesota State Community-Based Big Brother of the Year.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota currently has over 100 children waiting for a mentor and is currently enrolling both adult and High School mentors. To learn more about how you can make a difference in the life of a child, please call (320) 253-1616 or visit www.bbbscentralmn.org.