'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
‘My favorite thing about being a Little Brother was having another person that I could talk to.'
When Nelson Ramos became a Little Brother at age 11, he was shy and uncomfortable when meeting new people. It would take a committed Big Brother who had the patience to draw the young boy out so the two could form a long-lasting, life-changing friendship. Fortunately for Nelson, Manuel Sosa was the perfect match.
One of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ fastest growing programs is Bigs in Business where students are transported to a business near their school for mentoring. The agency strives to begin each new program with at least eight Bigs, however, that can be a challenging number for some smaller organizations to meet. Employees at three Battle Creek organizations aren’t letting that stop them from becoming Bigs.