Junior Belisea is a charismatic part of our team here at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/MetroWest. You may have seen him snapping photos at one of our events or heard him singing in the hallways of our office. You may even be lucky enough to have Junior as your Interview & Match Support Specialist.
As an Interview & Match Support Specialist, Junior oversees four of our site based programs in Worcester in collaboration with the Boys & Girls Clubs in Plumley Village and Great Brook Valley, the YMCA, and Flagg St. School. Junior is responsible for recruiting volunteer Bigs from Holy Cross, Assumption College and Becker College. Once he recruits, screens and interviews the volunteers, he then identifies and interviews children in need of mentors. He then trains and carefully matches the children (Littles) with the volunteers (Bigs). Over the course of the year, Junior works hard to supervise the match to make sure he is offering quality match support for the success and long term relationship of the match.
Before joining our team three years ago, Junior worked for another nonprofit agency, Morgan Memorial Goodwill. Prior to that, he worked as a Social Program Coordinator and the Head of Interpreters for a nonprofit hospital that served poor communities in the Dominican Republic, which is where he was born and raised. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business from Universidad Dominicana O&M and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Worcester State University.
Junior met his wife, Sarah, a former Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA/MW employee, in the Dominican Republic and they have two beautiful children together; Jeremiah who is 2 and Jamilah who is 9 months. During his free time, and when he isn’t cooking (and eating!) he likes to play softball, basketball and baseball.
He also plays the trumpet in a merengue band, Revelacion Maranatha.
It is safe to say that Junior is passionate about the work he does. When asked what his favorite memory working for the agency was he struggled to pick just one but settled for the time he made his very first match in 2012.
It was very rewarding and I felt very happy and blessed to be part of the process of matching a child. Right after she came to me and said “Mr. Junior thanks so much for getting me my Big Sister, it’s a dream come true!” I will never forget those words it really meant a lot to me personally.
~Junior Belisea, Interview & Match Support Specialist
Anyone who knows Junior, knows that he brings a light and refreshing attitude to our organization and makes everyone laugh and feel welcome with his infectious personality. Junior is an incredibly hard worker and we cannot thank him enough for his time, effort and dedication to our mission and agency.