The campus pastor at Huntington University, Arthur Wilson, knows the value and even the necessity of having a strong figure in your life to serve as a guide and role model. While he now works as a pastor at the small Christian university in Huntington, Ind., there was a time in his life when he needed to benefit from the kind of guidance he now offers his students.
Coinciding with President Obama’s unveiling of his new “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is announcing its plan to publish a white paper titled, “Mentoring Makes a Difference in the Lives of Young Minority Men: A Review of the Empirical Evidence.”
Patrick Cannon made history in 1993 when, at the age of 26, he became Charlotte, N.C.’s youngest city councilman. During the next 20 years, Cannon would also achieve success in the corporate and entrepreneurial sectors. Along the way, he was elected mayor of Charlotte – the largest city in North Carolina – and sworn in last December.
Dealing with the deployment or loss of a loved one can be a terrifying and stressful experience for anyone – but it can be particularly hard on the mind of a young and developing child. Today, a steady stream of research is beginning to show the myriad effects that a deployment can have on a family. And, as a country, we are finally starting to understand and appreciate the impact it has on the developing brains of the children who are left behind.
Big Brothers Big Sisters strives to provide all children facing adversity with a strong and enduring, professionally supported, mentor to help guide them and open them up to potential opportunities that await them, while also working to encourage the avoidance of risky behaviors. A key priority for the organization is recruiting more African-American men to become mentors.
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Angela Williams, Dir. of African American Engagement of Big Brothers Big Sisters, was invited to serve as a panelist for a national Tweet-up and chat-up discussion about the groundbreaking and award winning online documentary, American Promise earlier this month. Williams joined filmmakers and 80 other experts, including one of the boys, Idris, who is featured in the film.
Venessa Marks, the vice president of research, innovation and growth for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, has been named to the editorial board of the “Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring" as Program Editor.
Dave Wilson grew up in Baltimore's inner city. His mother Diane worked multiple jobs to support her family. In time, she came to recognize that Dave needed someone in his life to learn and receive guidance from, to look up to. He needed someone who could serve as a male role model to help show him how to grow to be a respectable young man.
Local ABC affiliate WHAS11 in Louisville, Ky. has supported Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana for the last 25 years. They continued that support yesterday by helping Bigs and Littles from the Kentuckiana agency raise money and have a little fun.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lehigh Valley recently received $35,000 from Embassy Bank in Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) funding to support its High School Bigs Program in the Bethlehem Area School District.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana and Southcentral Michigan hosted a National Mentoring Month celebratory event on Thursday, Jan. 30, in appreciation for their Bigs. In addition to supporters and several matches from the local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency, Mayor Tom Henry of Fort Wayne, Ind. joined the party.
Michael Yokel understands firsthand the kind of impact that a strong mentor can have on a young person who lacks a role model. Not all that long ago, Yokel was a 12-year-old boy without any sort of male mentor figure in his life. He enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Paso where he was eventually matched up with Charles “Chuck” Taylor.
Each week, students from Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet School visit with their mentors, residents at the Presbyterian Village North community. The meetings are part of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Lone Star program in Dallas, Texas called the “Generations Mentoring Program.” Students are matched with their Bigs for this particular program based on their responses to questionnaires they fill out.
As January is National Mentoring Month, Big Brothers Big Sisters wants to provide a section of our website for all the Bigs out there. We hope to make this a space where Bigs can share tips, stories, best practices and ideas for things you (and other Bigs) can do with your Littles.
As a resource for Bigs, we try to include content, tips and advice in Big Stuff that should prove useful in helping Bigs. Whether your Little needs help with homework, or you just need some ideas or suggestions on activities and things to do when you spend time together, sometimes even a seemingly simple suggestion can prove to be a great activity.