Woodland Hills Junior-Senior High School special education teacher Lauren Schieb has been selected as Big Sister of the Year for Pennsylvania. She was recognized in May at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh Recognition Dinner at the State Capitol in Harrisburg for her dedication to providing local youth with the support necessary to tackle the pressures of growing up. The award also acknowledges tireless efforts on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
For nearly seven years, Ms. Schieb and her little sister, Shyae, have been like family. Ms. Schieb has helped Shyae improve her grades and has attended numerous school activities.
“I just know that I will do whatever I can to foster the growth of Shyae into a young woman, and I will continue to help the organization to recruit and prosper for other matches like Shyae and myself,” Ms. Schieb said.
Ms. Schieb first became familiar with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization while serving in Keys Americorps in Pittsburgh.
“I remember thinking it would be a great opportunity for me in the future, but with balancing graduate school and Americorps community service, it seemed like a farfetched feat. After completing my student teaching for my graduate program, I decided to revisit the idea and apply for the program,” she said.
Throughout the six years of being matched, Ms. Schieb and Shyae have stood side by side and spoken about the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization at numerous nonprofit events throughout greater Pittsburgh. They’ve grown together while enjoying Pittsburgh’s incline and Kennywood’s highest roller coasters.
The two have experienced many unique adventures, including walking the runway at Carlow’s fashion show for three years, appearing on a live radio talk show, and attending a Taylor Swift concert. They have been interviewed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and have had the opportunity to be on the set to film a short video for the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.
Ms. Schieb also serves on and co-chair the Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Recruitment Board, attending a variety of events, community outings, and volunteer fairs to promote and recruit volunteers.