On April 25th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President and CEO Pam Iorio visited the BBBSMA Agency to celebrate the formal kickoff of the Bigs in Blue program. Officers from several local police departments were in attendance. Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields, who has signed up to be a Big Sister in the program, spoke, as well as Atlanta Police Foundation President and CEO Dave Wilkinson.
Bigs in Blue is the first national campaign of its kind, supplementing the efforts of law enforcement officers mentoring youth in communities across the country. With more than 300 affiliates nationwide, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is actively fundraising in hopes of bringing the initiative to as many communities as possible. Funds raised for the program go toward volunteer recruitment efforts, training, and the process of matching Littles with the Big mentors. Law enforcement officials who volunteer to serve as a Big Brother or Sister will be vetted, trained, matched and monitored just as any other mentor in the network.
Bigs in Blue programs have already...more
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (BBBSMA) is pleased to announce that it will be partnering with Uber during the month of April to tackle one of the agency’s biggest logistical challenges. The goal of this pilot program is to lower the “no-show” rates for interviews, while increasing the number of matches made. Uber will be providing free rides to and from the BBBSMA office for families who otherwise might not make it to their interviews.
To enroll a child in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, both parents and children are required to attend training and interview sessions at the office, in addition to coming in once the child is matched with a mentor for the first meeting. In 2012, BBBSMA relocated to 1382 Peachtree Street, in hopes that the convenience to the nearby MARTA station would make it easier for families to visit the office for these meetings. While interview attendance has increased, there are still families that are unable to utilize public transportation.
“Our goal is to ensure that each and every family with a desire to participate...more
by Kevin Catalano
Nearly 20 years later, Owen Hill can vividly recall the influential message he saw on television.
“When I was in law school in Washington, D.C., I saw this commercial asking for volunteers for Big Brothers and Big Sisters,” said the shareholder at the Atlanta office of Littler, a global labor and employment law firm. “It really grabbed my attention, and I started thinking this was something that I wanted to get involved with.”
Owen didn’t waste any time after moving to Atlanta in the summer of 1999 for a job after law school.
“One of the first phone calls I made was to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta to offer my services as a mentor,” he said. “I told them I had time and I wanted to serve as a mentor and positive role model for a child.”
After the organization’s mandatory training sessions, Owen was paired in December 1999 with a 6-year-old, Eric Brown, thus creating a bond that continues to this day. Over the years, the two have spent countless hours talking, playing, going to movies and restaurants and sharing.
Last Saturday, a group of about 35 Bigs, Littles and parents enjoyed a day of hiking at Amicalola Falls State Park with our partner Keeping It Wild. Despite the rain, views of waterfalls and the scenic trail made the hike well worth it. Did you know, at 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast? This is just one of the facts hikers learned on the ranger-guided tour. Explore our gallery of photos from the day below!
For more information on Keeping It Wild, visit their website.
Photography by Jason Meek Photographymore
The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta Young Leader's Council (BBBSMA YLC) hosted the first annual Big Appreciation Night. Several awards, including the 2017 Bigs of the Year, were given to Bigs and alumni Bigs.
Mistress of Ceremonies: Liana Brackett, The Weather Channel
2017 Award Winners:
2017 Big Sister of the Year: Stephanie Pereda (in photo, above right)
2017 Big Brother of the Year: Michael Faunce (in photo, above left)
A big thanks goes out to the sponsors – Global Concessions for generously donating the food, United Distributors for providing the beer and wine, Gwinnett Place Nissan for sponsoring the evening, as well as Park Simple, Insomnia Cookies, and James...more
In celebration of National Mentoring Month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (BBBSMA) with the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy, hosted a roundtable symposium entitled Innovations in Mentoring: Game Changers for Changing Lives on Friday, January 13. This dynamic conversation explored how the private, public and non-profit sectors are working together to innovate, to improve and to ensure positive futures for children and youth.
Speakers and presenters included:
David Shapiro, President and CEO, National Mentoring Partnership
Kaye Husbands Fealing, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology
Gabriel Kuperminc, Professor of Psychology, Georgia State University
James Franklin, President and CEO, TechBridge
Janis B. Kupersmidt, Ph.D., President and Senior Research Scientist, iRT
Milton J. Little, Jr., President and CEO,...
The Great Big Challenge is a 31-day wellness challenge that encourages you to achieve fitness goals while fundraising for BBBS kids in your community. When you set your goal, you not only get fit and inspire others, you also help change the lives of children.
Why? Because right now, over 70 million children in the United States are at risk.
Throughout the month of January, from any location across the United States, you can walk, cycle, swim, run, do yoga, lift weights, or do any other physical activity.
You can log your miles or time via MapMyFitness/Ride/Run or through your own personal GPS device, and then you can simply add them manually to your personal page.
We encourage you to personalize your page and update it frequently. That’s where you will track your progress and ask your friends to support your challenge. The more you update your page, the more you will inspire others to get involved.more
The first impression was a sheet of paper.
When Bianca Hughes signed up as a Big Sister of Metro Atlanta, she received a one-page introduction to her Little Sister, Alexis.
“Her favorite color was yellow,” Hughes said. “Her favorite hobby was art.”
It seems too simplistic now to condense a relationship of more than half a decade onto a piece of paper. But at the start, this paper was all Bianca had – until she met Alexis.more
Join a statewide day of giving by supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta on Georgia Gives Day on November 17. Funds raised help support our one-to-one mentoring programs for children facing adversity in metro Atlanta.
Georgia Gives Day is an initiative that has been co-created by the nonprofit sector itself. It doesn’t support one cause or one locale – it’s all of us in the state’s nonprofit sector pulling together to ask you to stop and consider your life and your community without nonprofits. How much less connected, less vibrant, less interesting and less supported would our communities be without them?
On November 17th give a little and share a little so that, together, we can do a lot for the causes that we all care about. Whether you have $10 or $10,000 to give, it all adds up to greater impact on the issues that support and enrich our lives and make our local communities thrive.
Please, visit our Georgia Gives Day page to learn more, to give, or even...more
Today Big Brothers Big Sisters of America launches the Bigs in Blue initiative - a mentoring program that connects police with youth in communities throughout the nation to build strong and trusting one-to-one mentoring relationships.
The NBC’s Today Show featured a segment about Big Brother in Blue Ryan and his Little Brother Robert who have formed a truly brotherly bond during their two years of being matched. The videos also features Pam Iorio, the National President of Big Brothers Big Sisters, who talks about the importance and impact of a one-to-one mentoring relationship.
Several Big Brothers Big Sisters chapters throughout the country already have something similar to Bigs in Blue, and this initiative hopes to take it nationwide.
At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta we are also working closely together with local law enforcement agencies to strengthen the relationship between police and youth. We have hosted two open forum events at our Peachtree Street location where Bigs, Littles and their families had an opportunity to voice their concerns and...more