Mentor from Foley 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. Foley High School student, Preston Kopel, was selected to receive this honor for his role as a “Big Brother” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program.

Preston has been matched with his Little Brother, Noah, for over 2 years. Preston has been a consistent, intentional, and dedicated mentor to his Little Brother. Since being matched with his Big Brother Preston, Little Brother Noah has more confidence, his interest in school has grown, and his social skills have improved.

In addition to his role as an exemplary mentor to his Little Brother, Preston is also an enthusiastic advocate for Big Brothers Big Sisters. He helps to recruit and encourage other students at his high school to participate in the program. He has also helped lead fundraisers for the mentoring agency. Preston is the Vice President of Foley High School’s National Honor Society. Each year, the Foley Honor Society plans an event called Breakfast with Santa, which donates its proceeds ($1,000) to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota. Preston has played a vital role in ensuring this event’s success.

Preston also serves as the first and only high school student on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota’s Program Advisory Committee. He has also participated in the agency’s scholarship selection committee as well as volunteered at the Magic Moments Gala, Big Brothers Big Sisters’ largest annual fundraiser.

Local mentor candidates represent Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota in a statewide competition. In addition to receiving the local title, Preston was selected as the Minnesota State High School 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