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  • BBBS Launches Bigs in Blue Program
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas has started a new program aimed at building relationships between youth and law enforcement officers. Bigs in Blue is a national initiative aimed at recruiting law enforcement officers to serve as mentors to youth in their communities. BBBS believes these mentoring relationships will create stronger, healthier bonds between law enforcement personnel and the children, families, and communities they serve.

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  • BBBS Receives National Gold Standard Award
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas has received the 2016 Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Gold Standard Award. BBBS of Central Texas is one of only 16 agencies, out of 300 nationwide, to receive this recognition. The award, presented by the Nationwide Leadership Council, recognizes the agencies that improve their financial revenues and provide high-quality programming for children.
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  • Bowl for Kids 2017 Was Dy-no-mite!
  • Peace signs, bell bottom pants and polyester ruled as participants took to the bowling lanes March 3 – 5 and raised over $135,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas. It was a dy-no-mite event as bowlers donned outfits from the 60’s and 70’s and participated in this year’s “Peace, Love & Bowling”-themed bowling marathon. Funds raised go directly to providing children with caring, committed mentors, and life-changing mentoring services.
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  • BBBS' Big Futures Program
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas exists to help children achieve success in life through one-to-one mentoring. BBBS currently serves children ages 6 to 18 years of age, and the agency’s formal relationship with each match ends when a Little becomes 18 years old or graduates from high school. However, a new program called Big Futures may extend the length and type of services that BBBS provides for Bigs and Littles.

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  • A Real 'Roll Model"
  • He only bowls once a year, but when he does, Mike McShaffry makes it count. He bowls at Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Bowl for Kids event, and he challenges others to “keep gaming” for a great cause.  Mike has been a part of BBBS’ Bowl for Kids for many years. A senior software engineer with mobile gaming company ArtCraft Entertainment, he was pulled into the event 7 or 8 years ago by another local gamer who challenged all gaming company employees in Austin to participate.

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  • Spotlight on Candace Bunkley
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters is mission-focused. It’s no wonder that many of the agency’s staff members are as well. Candace Bunkley, BBBS’ Scholarship Program Coordinator, wanted to work for an organization that “had a mission and was doing a good job.”
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  • Olivia is a Game Changer
  • Olivia is an Austin professional who has become a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters for a second time. She has also become a BBBS Game Changer.

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