Littles who enter our program all come have different stories and backgrounds. Some come from single parent households, have an incarcerated parent or parents in the military. One thing they do share, however, is the need of someone to help guide them, to help them through the adversity they face in their lives. Marvina and Brandon have both found that person for them: Emilio and Dana, Washington state's Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year.
Javier was born to immigrant parents with limited formal education or English-speaking skills. His older sister, Mayra, became his legal guardian after their mother died and their father moved back to Mexico. After enrolling in Big Brothers Big Sisters, Javier was soon matched with his Big Brother, Bryan Gingg.
Continue reading to learn more about the special relationship that Javier and Bryan share.
Each year, the National Reservation Economic Summit (RES) brings together respected tribal leaders; state, local and federally elected officials; CEOs and organizational members to discuss matters related Native American tribal enterprise and business. This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s Director of Native American Engagement Carroll Swan joined the summit in Las Vegas to share Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission with representatives from Indian Country.
This April and May, Big Brothers Big Sisters will be keeping an eye on the Minor League Baseball box scores, hoping to see a lot of doubles hit. Minor League Baseballs’ charity campaign, “Winning with Doubles,” encourages fans to show their support for Big Brothers Big Sisters by making donations whenever a double is hit.
Tony Anderson knows, perhaps better than many, the difficulty and struggle associated with growing up without a strong male mentor figure in their lives. Tony’s father died in a car accident before Tony reached the age of two, leaving him and his older siblings to be raised by their mother. During his life, Tony had a number of people along the way who tried to show him guidance. But none could fill the void left behind by an absent father-figure – a strong and enduring mentor.
In a recent episode of “The Steve Harvey Show” that aired Wednesday, March 19, Harvey’s guests included a single-father and his daughter, Heather. Heather’s father believes that his daughter’s life choices are already proving, detrimental to her as a young teenaged girl. As part of a solution to their situation, Harvey recommends that Heather be enrolled with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, so that she can have a woman in her life who she can talk to, who can guide her and show her how to take a more productive and positive path in her life.
In a recent episode of the Wendy Williams Show, Williams and special guest, actress Rosie Perez, were discussing Perez's recent book. In the course of their conversation, Perez mentioned being inspired by hearing Williams mentioning having been a Big Sister on a radio show. See the clip here.
Former mayor of Tampa and newly named CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (March 31), Pam Iorio, joined a number of local city government notables at Tampa’s 33rd Bowl For Kids’ Sake event recently. Along with Police Chief Jane Castor and some representatives from the sheriff’s office and the fire department, Iorio helped Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay celebrate the agency’s 50th anniversary of providing mentors for children in the Tampa Bay area.
The campus pastor at Huntington University, Arthur Wilson, knows the value and even the necessity of having a strong figure in your life to serve as a guide and role model. While he now works as a pastor at the small Christian university in Huntington, Ind., there was a time in his life when he needed to benefit from the kind of guidance he now offers his students.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest runs a “Second Chance Program,” providing mentoring services to youth between the ages of 12 and 17 who are involved with the juvenile justice system. Recently, the Portland Division of the FBI recognized the agency and the Second Chance Program by presenting them with the Director’s Community Leadership Award.
During spring training, Major League Baseball teams from across the transplanted to their spring training locations, putting on exhibition games and trying out young prospects ahead of opening day and the official start of the season. The Baltimore Orioles spend their spring training in Sarasota, Fla., and recently they hosted a number of Bigs and Littles from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast for a baseball clinic!
On March 26, Dallas Cowboys defensive end Edgar Jones took a break from reading his playbook to spend some time with local school children at Tisinger Elementary School in Mesquite, Texas. Jones read to a number of children participating in Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star’s school-based program.
Recently, pro skateboarder Danny Way helped lead a “Build-A-Board Workshop for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kauai’s site-based program at Kapa’a Elementary School. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kaua’i consists of a number of school-based mentoring programs, as well as a handful of community-based matches, as a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii.
Gathering under the theme, “It Takes A Village,” The Bigs United African American affinity group (BUAA) of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City hosted a themed panel discussion event, on Feb. 26 at the Alvin Ailey Theater. BUAA assembled a panel of thought leaders and activists to discuss how institutions, industries and influencers factor into a child’s success in life.
Recently Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia (S.C.) received laudable recognition from South Carolina Secretary of State, Mark Hammond, who named the organization among the “Angels” on the state’s annual “Scrooges and Angels” list for nonprofits for 2013.
Marcus Allen, the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania, was recently an invited guest on the radio show Tone and Tenor to discuss Big Brothers Big Sisters from a national perspective.
Each year half a million people across America come together to have fun and raise money to support Big Brothers Big Sisters with Bowl for Kids' Sake. The funds raised help support approximately 200,000 Bigs and Littles by providing ongoing support for children, families and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships. Learn more >>
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Manitowoc County (Wis.) opted for a “Wizard of Oz” theme this year. Bowlers came dressed in a variety of costumes, including witches, flying monkeys, scarecrows and the tin man, along with a wizard and even a yellow brick road, all while raising more than $90,000.
The week of April 7 - 11 is National Youth Violence Prevention Week! During this week, there will be a call to raise awareness and discussion of issues related to youth violence. The National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) will work as an information and resource center, providing an action kit and instruction on how to make the most of the campaign. As a prominent issue today, youth violence, and this campaign, can be something worth discussing with your Little.
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