Tennessee’s Big Brother of the Year Ken Miller and his Little Brother Deonte have celebrated seven years together in a community-based match with Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee. Their friendship has become not only more than either expected, but also serves as an excellent representation of the positive impact the Big Brothers Big Sisters program has on children in communities across the United States.
Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most fulfilling and enjoyable things you’ll ever do. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering him or her to achieve. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun.
Maggie Benitez began her journey with Big Brothers Big Sisters when she and her Little Sister Diana were matched in 2007 as a part of the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Los Angeles. Diana’s parents recognized the value and importance of providing her with additional support. She was among the first in their predominantly Latino community to enroll in the community-based program.
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.