Emily DroobyJan 30, 2018, 12:57 amJan 30, 2018, 12:59 am

Mentor receives Big Brother of the Year award after helping teen get into college

The long-time Verizon employee is committed to making a difference

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HIGHLANDS — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties honored four of their volunteers with major awards, one being a long-time Verizon employee.

“Mentoring is something that makes a difference in people's lives and I just want to make sure that I do my part," Big Brother of the Year Joe Lawson said.

Lawson was the first person from his family to graduate college and the first person from his high school to be accepted to Yale University. He attributes his success to the support he received growing up, saying he wanted to give back because of that help he received. Lawson has been mentoring with the program for six years, spending the past four years as a mentor to Nadal. The two created a friendship thanks to their mutual love of sports but soon it became much more.

After offering him support in his search for a college, Nadal was accepted to Monmouth University. But Lawson says that won't be the end of his commitment to this program.

“When Nadal goes to college I will continue to mentor other people because that's what you do, that's what makes a difference in people's life," Lawson said.

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