A lot can happen in a decade. When Big Sister Jessica and
Little Sister Kianna first met, Little Sister Kianna was just a regular seven-year-old
while Big Sister Jessica had yet to meet her future husband. Now, Jessica is
helping her Little Sister visit colleges and apply for scholarships, while
Kianna has seen Jessica get married and have two children. There have been many
lessons that they have learned during the 10-year match, but above all they
know through all life transitions, they must not give up on each other. “Life
gets complicated and busy, changes happen, but it makes my and Kianna’s
relationship that much more worth it,” said Big Sister Jessica.
Jimmy Lee, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Former National Board Member and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Vice Chairman, unexpectedly passed away at the age of 62 on June 18, 2015. Jimmy was a leader in the financial industry and in the philanthropic community, where he gave generously to many causes. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America greatly appreciates his service to the work of mentoring our nation’s youth and his time as a national board member from 2012-2015. We send our deepest condolences to his family and colleagues.
There are many indicators
to determine if a match is successful. Are the Big and Little comfortable
around each other? Are they both getting something positive out of the match? Do
they enjoy their time together and want to continue to grow their relationship? On September 25,
2006, LaBruce first met his Big Brother Grant. Almost nine years later, Grant
has been privileged in watching his Little Brother walk across the stage at his
high school graduation to accept his diploma, with honors. “I have been able to
watch LaBruce grow up. In fact, I have known him longer than I have known my
wife. He brings me joy and makes me a better person.”
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.
If you wish to donate clothing or other items, please call your local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency. To find that agency, click on the “find a local agency” link, enter your zip code and call the phone number provided.