“An experienced and trusted adviser, someone who gives a younger or less experienced person help and advice over a period of time” – that is the dictionary definition of a mentor. But at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, our mentors, our Bigs, are that and so much more as they build deep friendships that change children’s lives for the better.
The kids in our community have big
dreams. You can help them come true. Your tax-deductible year-end gift can
change a child’s life for the better, forever. It takes only moments to give,
but the benefits of your gift can last a lifetime. The first $25,000 in gifts
received by December 31st will be matched. Give here. Learn more about our kids
Over the past twelve months we’ve shared stories of some of the matches your support has made possible. As 2017 comes to a close, we followed up with one of these matches to learn more about their year. They have experienced some exciting changes.
Kids process time differently than
adults do, especially when they are waiting for something special. For kids
wanting a mentor, a friend, or someone to help them, being on a waiting list
can feel like it takes forever.
Big Brothers Big Sisters works hard to match as many kids who want mentors as possible. Unfortunately, matching all of the kids who apply doesn’t just automatically happen. Consequently, kids end up on our “waiting list.” We talked with Joe Strychalski, BBBS’ Vice President of Programs, to explore why this happens and how more kids can be moved off the waiting list and into the mentoring relationships they need and deserve.
It truly is the most wonderful
time of the year! On Sunday, December 10th, Big Brothers Big Sisters
of Central Texas held its annual Holiday Party. This merry celebration welcomed
over 300 Bigs, Littles and staff members to the Texas Museum of Science and
Technology (TxMOST) where matches came together to enjoy the holiday season.
On Saturday, December 9th, more than 500 Santa-clad guests and friends descended on Rainey Street to participate in the first annual SantaCon event benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas. The merry crowd raised over $8,000 to help BBBS create more life-changing friendships between at-risk youth and caring adult mentors. It was an afternoon of fun with a serious purpose.