Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Sylvia Gutierrez Focuses on Empowering Youth
October 1, 2021 @ 9:30am
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Sylvia Gutierrez, the program’s vice president for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area, is kept motivated by her program’s vision: all children have the promise of achieving success in life through support and mentorship. Since 1949, this promise has been fueled — and now Gutierrez is helping to steer it.
Advice that keeps you hungry
Our vision is what keeps me hungry to continue the important work we do. Our agency’s vision is that all youth achieve their full potential. This resonates with me and keeps me motivated.
Early bird, night owl or in-between
It depends on the day. I can be someone who is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning or someone who burns the midnight oil. Our agency works with families and volunteers, so we adapt our schedule to better meet their needs.
Burning question for an iconic trailblazer
I wouldn’t choose a specific person. This is a tough question, but I think I would ask, “What are you doing to help our community?” I think we as a community need to band together and have ownership to make our community a better place.
The current soundtrack of your life
Anything old-school ’90s R&B.
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