When Brian became a Big Brother to Little Brother Rhyeem, he was single with no children. He picked Rhyeem up each week from his afterschool program and spent time with him. He met a teacher there named Wendy. Eventually, Big Brother Brian married Wendy, and they now have three children. Though life has been full of changes, including moving, a new relationship, a marriage, and becoming a father, Big Brother Brian has stayed involved with his Little Brother. Now, Brian’s kids look up to their idol, their “Uncle Rhyeem.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has welcomed four new “BIG Champions,” celebrity ambassadors who will help the organization in its mission to match more children across the United States with a caring adult mentor. The new 2016 BIG Champions are: Antonio Brown, a Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver; Lavonte David, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker; LeToya Luckett, a singer/songwriter who was a founding member of Destiny’s Child; and Eric Hutchinson, a singer/songwriter. All BIG Champions will help raise awareness, boost fundraising, participate in activities, and inspire potential mentors to help out.
There comes a time in everyone’s life when they need someone to lean on – someone who will protect them and keep them on the right track. The Big Dipper is always watching over the Little Dipper, their constancy symbolic of the unbreakable bonds we share. Across the expansive sky, these beloved groupings of stars are constant reminders that we’re never truly alone. Big Brothers Big Sisters is proud to be partnering with ALEX AND ANI to bring you the Big And Little Dipper Set of Two Charm Bangles.
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.