During their first encounter in September of 2012, Big
Sister Frances and Little Sister DeaJa knew they were perfect for each other. Frances
and DeaJa are also full of energy and love to talk. At first, DeaJa struggled
with balancing her excitement with being considerate of others in the room.
Frances helped her more positively channel that enthusiasm. “I am open to let
DeaJa know what she says does matter but how she says it is more important,”
stated Frances. DeaJa’s mother knew that her daughter needed someone with a
strong character and tough skin who is able to knock down walls that even she
as a mother could not. “She is the perfect fit for a young girl who has been
through a life changing event,” said DeaJa’s mother.
Jamie Foxx, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America's National Spokesperson, often credits his grandmother with being his role model during his youth. She encouraged him to pursue learning to play the piano. All children need someone to inspire and encourage their passions and to help them achieve success in life. By signing up to become a Big Brother or Big Sister, you can be that person for a child in your community.
Little did Big Brother Mike know when met his six-year-old
Little Brother Dante that he would have so much fun getting to know Dante and
his family. Mike noticed that Dante was a very smart and mature child who had
grown up quickly. When speaking with Dante’s mother, Mike learned that he had
never had any positive, steady or consistent male role models in his life.. At
this point, Mike stated, “I felt a big responsibility to be a good example and
role model to him.” During their first outings, Big Brother Mike noticed how
Little Brother Dante’s trust issues were evident, as at the end of the day
Dante would want confirmation that he would see him again. However, Mike said,
“Gradually, those issues faded away as I tried not to break plans and tried to
remain consistent with our meetings and activities.”
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.