Michael Yeomans Memorial Award Program

Administered by Advisory Council of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Onondaga County


Michael Yeomans was a Little Brother in Onondaga County who wanted so much to become a Big Brother after he graduated from high school. Unfortunately, he did not live long enough. This award is given in his memory to Littles or Bigs in Onondaga County who are graduating from High School and who also want to give back and/or continue their volunteer work.

Up to two $500 awards are selected each year based on an application process. Eligible applicants are:

  • Little Brother or Sister in the Community-based program, or
  • Big Brother or Sister in School-based program for at least two years, and
  • Graduating from High School the year of the award, and
  • In a mentor match of good-standing.

Applicants complete an application form and submit it along with a written (500 to 1,000 words) or video (3 to 5 minutes) essay about:

  • The applicant’s experience in the BBBS program, and intended post-high school pursuits, and
  • How the BBBS program benefited them and how they plan to give back or continue their volunteer work.

Eligible Littles and Bigs are sent a notification in late January of each year. Applications are required to be submitted to the Youth Service Director by April 1. Award winners are announced and awarded in May, typically at the Annual Volunteer Dinner.