Gabbie Ruggiero with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa


Gabbie worked to develop a three year curriculum for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa’s Workplace Mentoring Program for middle school students. The program matches a student (Littles) with a business professional (Bigs) to develop skills for success, build relationships and engage in career exploration.


  • Contacted Des Moines Public School officials to gain an understanding of the existing knowledge in the subject areas, identify the needs and gaps, and gather ideas for curriculum

  • Contacted other agencies for curriculum ideas and uspport

  • Drafted curriculum topics, timeline, guiding documents and content

  • Contacted and arranged potential guest facilitators

  • Reviewed curriculum with staff and adjusted based on feedback


125 youth throughout the year

Articles written by Gabbie