In October 2014, Big Sister Taylor first met her Little Sister, Kelis, during a site-based visit at Kelis’s school. Admittedly, Taylor described the first few months together as challenging. Just like with any relationship, the Big-Little match can take a little time to grow. Taylor recounted, “Our meeting time was during Kelis’s recess and I think she felt like she was missing out on playing with her friends. At the time she was struggling with reading, and that was one thing that I was going to help her with. She was not that excited about me being there and really did not want to sit down with a book.”
Don Wolff, two-time Big Brother, former Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Board Member, BBBSEMO Board Chairman, and Charles G. Berwind Award recipient, passed away Friday, November 20. Don was a leading criminal defense attorney and community activist, and was credited with the development and advancement of BBBSA's National Standards and Required Procedures. Brothers Big Sisters of America greatly appreciates his steadfast commitment to the cause of youth mentoring and his service on the national board. We send our condolences to Don’s family and friends.
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Olga Casteleiro de Goizueta, an Atlanta philanthropist and widow of Coca-Cola Chairman and CEO Roberto C. Goizueta, died November 16. As chair emeritus of The Goizueta Foundation, Mrs. Goizueta was instrumental in launching an innovative Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program for Hispanic children in Georgia. Camino al Éxito (Road to Success), funded BBBSA with a $1.7M three-year grant in 2011. We are appreciative for the Goizueta Foundation’s impact on our nation's youth and express our condolences to Mrs. Goizueta's family and friends.
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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.