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  • What’s So Special About $1,250?
  • If you’ve spent time around Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, you’ve probably seen or heard the number $1,250. It’s mentioned at Ice Ball, at Bowl for Kids, on our website, and in our printed materials. $1,250 is a big deal at BBBS. Why? Because $1,250 is what it costs to fund a mentoring relationship for one year. But wait! Why does it cost money to match a child with a mentor if BBBS’ mentors are volunteers?

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  • Big Brothers Needed
  • There are a number of boys on our waiting list who are eager to be matched with Big Brothers. We are currently looking for men, particularly those who are African-American and Hispanic, who would like to become mentors.

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  • Life Lessons: Ellen and Montse
  • Together they’re going to break the cycle. Little Sister Montse is going to be the first in her family to finish high school, with her Big Sister’s help. It’s a goal that has faced more than one challenge as Montse has moved to two new schools in the past two years.
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  • Exploring Careers with Facebook
  • Bigs and Littles had the opportunity to meet face-to-face with Facebook employees, learn about their jobs, and tour their downtown Austin offices at a recent Big Brothers Big Sisters ‘Sister 2 Sister’ event. Matches got a glimpse of the daily experience of working for the internet giant, along with career and life skills education. The outing was arranged by Match Support Specialist Lauren Dolan, whose friend Christina is a Facebook employee.

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  • Spotlight on Christina Snell
  • Christina Snell fell in love with human behavior in college. In her words, she “just like[s] people”, especially kids. That passion resulted in her not only changing her college major, but in literally walking out of a college classroom and into a Big Brothers Big Sisters office. Ten years later she is still sharing her love for people and kids, but she is now in BBBS of Central Texas’ office, where she works as a match support supervisor.
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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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