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California’s Big Brother of the Year hails from Paso Robles

Jacob Gersh, who was awarded for his exemplary service with Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County, and his 13-year-old “Little Brother,” Arual, are interviewed for a local news story.
Jacob Gersh, who was awarded for his exemplary service with Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County, and his 13-year-old “Little Brother,” Arual, are interviewed for a local news story.

A Paso Robles resident has been named California’s Big Brother of the Year for his work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County.

Jacob Gersh, who has been mentoring 13-year-old Arual of San Miguel since March 2015, was awarded the title Wednesday — the third time since 2014 that a San Luis Obispo County chapter member has been named “Big of the Year” for California, according to a news release from the nonprofit organization. The local chapter was also named Agency of the Year in 2016.

This now puts Gersh in the running to be the nation’s Big Brother of the Year.

The California state association of Big Brothers Big Sisters, which selects the winner, chose Gersh because of his commitment to recruiting additional volunteers and his positive influence on Arual’s life, according to the release.

Gersh began mentoring Arual about two years ago, and Arual, who hopes to work as a chef or receive a degree in engineering one day, has transformed into a “model of academic and personal success,” according to the release.

Megan Henney: 805-781-7915, @megan_henney

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