Thank you to our incredible partners for our Women in STEM program!
Big Sister Katie (an IT professional) and Little Sister Ashlynn decided to make compost together after they had a eye opening conversation resulting from a paper straw they got when they went out for milkshakes. Now they are testing how long it takes to break things down, or compost, and why it is important that we reduce, recycle and reuse.
Since this experiment, Katie has taken Ashlynn to visit with the computer programmers at her work and to enjoy office snacks. When asked if she'd like to be a programmer someday, Ashlynn said, "Oh yeah!"
We can't wait to see if Ashlynn follows in the STEM footsteps of her Big Sister!
Thank you St. Luke's for your generous contribution and continued friendship!
One of the many special moments at BBBS is the initial pairing up of a Big with a Little, what we call “making a match.” This process is important because a good match turns into a life-long friendship that changes the life of a Little (and a Big, too).
Big Sister Lisa and Little Sister Azzie are so well matched that their birthday is only one day apart! We first met Lisa when she came into our office for a photography project and she fell in love with our mission and decided to become a Big. Since being matched, Lisa has done a lot to get Azzie out of her shell.
When we talked to Azzie, the Little told us that she had a blast when her Big Sister took her to a hockey game. Azzie said, “My Big told me that I can be as loud as I want [at a hockey game] without getting into trouble… and girls can play hockey too!” Lisa also got Azzie a ride on the Zamboni – we are officially jealous!
Thank you to our friends at Bank of America for changing lives for the better, forever!
We first met Rose when we matched her sister with a Big in our program. Rose saw how much fun her sister was having being a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters, so she couldn't wait for a Big Sister of her own.
We take a lot of care in matching Bigs and Littles that will be friends for the rest of their lives, so Rose was on our wait list for a long time while we found her perfect Big Sister. Rose asked for a Big Sister to spend time with her and have adventures with - so when we met Linda we knew that they would become great friends.
Recently, Rose asked Linda, "Do you think we'll be friends forever?"
Linda replied, "I sure hope so. I want that, too."
Rose looked at her Big Sister and said, "Good! Because I've seen other matches where the Big is at the Little's graduation and their wedding and I want that for us."
Thank you to our friends at the Nagel Foundation for helping to make stories like this possible, every day!
Iver’s parents were so excited when they found out they were going to have a baby boy. They had waited a long time for this good news. However, shortly after the celebrations subsided when the family received life changing news; Dad had stage four cancer and was given only months to live. He passed away just before Iver made his entrance into the world. Mom found herself in the mist of grieving with a brand new baby boy and the new reality of being a single mom.
As Iver got a little older, it became clear that he needed a male role model and someone to do “fun guy stuff” with. Mom enrolled him in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and Iver was very excited about the prospect of becoming a Little brother. It took almost a year to find the perfect Big Brother, Chris, but Iver said it best, “Good things come to those who wait!”