Former mentor’s influence compels current Big Sister to give back
As a young girl, Alexia Jones didn’t have the opportunity to experience life outside of her neighborhood and, unfortunately, the local environment wasn’t positive. "I grew up in a neighborhood with lots of violence," she says. "I never played outside." That began to change when she met her Big Sister Reina in fourth grade. Now, Alexia is paying Reina’s investment forward by being a Big Sister herself.
Match Makers change kids’ lives for the better, forever
The power of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program is the one-to-one relationship each Big has with their Little. This relationship begins at the Match Date – that is when the Big is introduced to their Little and his/her family, and the relationship begins. There continue to be more than 200 children waiting to be matched with a Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Couple, or Big Family. Those children are all waiting for their Match Date, waiting for their Big. The large number of children waiting for Bigs is why Match Makers, our new monthly-donation program, was created.
WMU baseball team’s coach, players dedicated to mentoring
Imagine being a 12-year-old sports fan and being told that not only are you finally being matched with a long-awaited Big Brother, but that he’s a college athlete. Since 2010, this scenario has played out for 55 boys due to the dedication of Western Michigan University’s (WMU) baseball coach Billy Gernon and his team.
'This is so cool!' Little Brother's dream comes true
Little Brother Damion is a “gamer” who loves video games. So when his Big Brother of three years found out that he was moving out of state, he decided that one of their last meetings should be one to remember.
Old National Bank Foundation awards $10,000 grant to agency
Big Brothers Big Sisters has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Old National Bank Foundation. The funds are in support of a new High School Bigs program through which Kalamazoo Public School elementary students will be mentored by local high school students.
Marshall Community Foundation Awards $5,000 grant to BBBS
Big Brothers Big Sisters, A Community of Caring has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Marshall Community Foundation. The funds will assist in providing mentoring services to at least 50 Marshall elementary and high school students through the High School Bigs program.
There is much research highlighting the benefits for children who are mentored, but research shows that high school students who serve as mentors also have much to gain. For an overview of the research and to see the complete report, click