can never have too much education.” That was one of the central themes at Big
Brothers Big Sisters’ 2017 Promising Futures Scholarship Ceremony. Held June 17
at Austin Community College’s Eastview campus, the event featured Dr. Colette
Pierce Burnette, president of Huston-Tillotson University, as the keynote
Bigs often say that they
get as much, if not more, out of their mentoring relationships as the Littles
they mentor. A part of that can be attributed to the pleasure of watching their
Littles grow up to experience new and exciting adventures. Big Sister Jennifer
recently witnessed such a change when her Little Brother Kaden finally grew tall enough to be in the driver’s
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas Receives 2017 National Board of the Year Award
Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas is the winner of the national Board of
the Year award given by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA). This is
the second time the local agency has won the award in the last five years. The
top local agencies and agency boards were recognized during BBBSA’s 2017
National Conference held June 25 – 28 in San Diego, California. Receiving the
award for BBBS of Central Texas were Board Chair Carlos Barbosa and Vice
President of Programs Joe Strychalski.
the Texas summer heats up, there’s one cool thing you can count on – Big
Brothers Big Sisters’ 2017 Ice Ball gala set for August 26 at the J.W. Marriott
in downtown Austin. The Ice Ball Host Committee has been hard at work making
plans and preparations for this major event – one of the largest fundraisers
for the organization.
Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas became a reality due to the work in the
early 1960’s of several men who recognized the need for adult mentorship for
boys without fathers and boys in the juvenile court system. The men realized
that these boys lacked, and needed, positive male role models in their lives.
it’s something as simple as going ice skating that reveals and releases the
inner potential of a child. Big Sister Audrey made that discovery when she took
her Little Sister Lizzet to the local ice skating rink to experience an
activity she’d enjoyed as a child. She saw Lizzet’s “can-do attitude” overcome
uncertainty and help her skate across the ice without help.
Veterans are notably resourceful and often self-reliant. There are
times, however, when even America’s finest can use some extra help. Natasha
Taylor, a single mom and Army veteran, found that support through Big Brothers
Big Sisters of Central Texas and a Big Brother for her son.