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Big Brothers Big Sisters Launching Mentor 2.0 in Knoxville

Mary Scott and Abby Bower, WBIR  July 21, 2016

KNOXVILLE – The statistics show that mentoring can change a child’s life. Big Brothers Big Sisters uses one statistic to prove it: students who have a mentor are 90 percent more likely to enroll in college.

But they noticed their traditional matches started to drop off when students entered high school. That’s where Mentor 2.0 comes in.

In Knoxville, Big Brothers Big Sisters is launching the college readiness program at South Doyle High School in the coming school year with hopes of expanding to other high schools in the future.

The program will pair college-educated adults with high school students to guide them through their high school years.

“We’re focusing on making these students successful adults, focusing on the steps to get them there that’s not just academic preparation,” Whitney Baker, Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor 2.0 coordinator, said.

The extra preparation will include weekly email communication between mentors and students, a weekly class taught by Big Brothers and Big Sisters during the school day, and monthly group dinner activities.

Baker said the classes and assignments will focus on soft social skills such as how to advocate for yourself, how to persevere when things get hard, simple goal setting and critical thinking.

Akilo Griggs will be a freshman at South Doyle High in the fall. He’s been paired with mentor Eric Swanson through Big Brothers Big Sisters for 3 years.

They are transitioning into the Mentor 2.0 program.

“It just so happens Akilo fits the grade of the high school Big Brothers has chosen. So they talked to me about the program,” Swanson said.

After some research, Swanson decided the program would make his life as a mentor easier.

“I’m pretty good at being a friend, pretty good at just trying to be an influence in his life, but I’m not sure I’m very good or qualified at having the tough conversations,“ Swanson, 30, explained. “I’m really excited about this program. I think it’s going to force us to have those conversations.”

Griggs said Swanson has already had a major impact on his life.

“He’s always teaching me good things. I’m used to people teaching me bad things to be honest. He’s like a good influence,” Griggs said.

Bill Baldwin, the freshman principal at South Doyle High School, noticed in his four years at the school that many of the students came in with a lack of confidence that needed one-on-one attention. The school has 1,200 students.

“We have such a diverse population here that trying to meet all the needs with one cookie cutter mold or saying let’s just go have school, it just wasn’t cutting it for our kids,” Baldwin said. “This program fills those holes I believe.”

Baker said they are in “desperate” need of mentors. They have 75 students signed up for the program but only 15 mentors signed up.

“I’m really excited about this program I think it’s going to force us to have those conversations. It’s going to make it easier for us,” Swanson said.

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Knoxville Big Brothers Big Sisters Needs Volunteers for Mentor 2.0 Program

By: WATE 6 On Your Side staff

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is in desperate need of more mentors for a new program they are getting to launch at South Doyle High School.

Organizers said the Mentor 2.0 program is different from a traditional mentoring program. It is designed to use the mentoring relationship to ensure more students from low-income communities enroll and succeed in college.

Each student participating in the Mentor 2.0 program will be paired with their own college graduate from the community as their mentor. This provides our students with the level of personalized support necessary to ensure college-readiness.

South Doyle High School will be the first school to participate in the new program. Mentors need to be at least 23 years or older, with at least a two-year degree. Mentors commit four years to a single mentee and have the option to extend the match through the completion of college.

Mentors must apply online. For more information contact Whitney Baker, the Mentor 2.0 Program Director at (865) 243-8846 orwbaker@tennesseebig.org.

Big Heights Rooftop Crawl supports Mentor 2.0 program

The Big Heights Rooftop Crawl will take place Thursday, August 18 in Downtown Market Square.

The decade-themed event will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee’s Mentor 2.0 Program. During the event, participants will crawl the rooftops of Market Square and enjoy food, drinks, music, and decade-themed fun as they travel from the 70s to the 90s.

The participating rooftops include: Scruffy City Hall, Oodles Uncorked, and Cafe 4. The rooftop crawl is from 7-10:00 p.m.

Tickets are $45, must be purchased prior to the event, and include: food, drink tickets (one per rooftop party), decade-themed entertainment, and access for one to each of our three rooftops.

To purchase tickets go to Big Brothers Big Sister’s website. All participants must be 21 years of age and older.

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New Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Aims to Get More Students Into College

By Marco Villarreal , WVLT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. There’s a new program coming to East Tennessee meant to help more high school students get to and graduate from college.

Meet Keidre and Abby. They’re sisters.

“Our anniversary is coming up and that will be four years. Our friendship anniversary,” says Abby Berry.

A friendship forged through Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee.
For four years the duo have done a lot.

“The first anniversary she took me to a baseball game. She took me to the salon, and I got my hair redone. She takes me to different new places that I’ve never been before. We went paddle boarding and I had never done that before, and she has. That was new. That was really new for me,” says Abby.

Keidre is also there during the hard times.

“When I was going through the stages of middle school. Like depression, and helping me a lot, and she’s fun to be with,” says Abby.

Now Abby is going to be a freshman at South Dole High School.

“So that’s really awesome. She’ll be with me all the way until graduation, and we’ll still have fun together. I’m really excited,” says Abby.

Thanks to a new program called Mentor 2.0. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is one of fourteen chapters in the nation launching this new program. The only one in the state.

“This is just a once a week communication; online with a student, talking about their futures, and talking about their favorite topics, and then an event once a month at the school,” says Whitney Baker with Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee.

Every week the Little’s will learn a new lesson at school and then check in online with their matched up Big’s for the next four years.

“Social skills, how to advocate for yourself, time management, goal setting, Everything that they need to be successful in life,” says Baker.

Mentors can even access an online platform through a smart phone. A small time commitment with the hope of big results.

“Eight years from now we’re going to know how many students from this first class at South Doyle actually graduated college,” says Baker.

For Keidre and Abby, this means 4 more years of friendship, laughs, and life lessons.

“It’s really going to help through high school years which is a lot different than middle school. To work towards being that independent adult, and successful and working towards your goals,” says Keidre.

This pairing made with Volunteer Spirit is exactly that: #lifegoals.

“I love her so much,” says Abby.

Marco Villarreal , WVLT News Channel 8

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In the News: South-Doyle High School Offers New Mentor Program

July 18, 2016

Freshman year of high school is a big change for students, said Bill Baldwin, assistant principal at South-Doyle High School.

It’s a new school. It’s the first time they are earning credits for graduation. The classes they pick and the grades they earn, even as freshmen, can impact plans, Baldwin said.

“Four years goes by so fast,” he said.

So a new mentor program at the school aims to help students — especially those who will be the first in their family to go to college — start thinking about postsecondary success.

It’s called “Mentor 2.0” and is a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee. First used in New York, the program at South-Doyle will be the first time it’s used in Tennessee.

Interested mentors can attend an informational session at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s auditorium.
The first group will be about 50 to 75 incoming South-Doyle freshmen and the goal is to add a cohort each year, said Whitney Baker, Mentor 2.0 program director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee. She said about 40 more mentors are needed.

Using a mix of weekly emails and monthly in-person meetings between student and mentor, the program also has a weekly class for students during the school day with topics like time management and college readiness.

Ninth-grade students are paired with a mentor and the program continues through senior year.

The program provides structure for conversations about college that might be difficult to start or are unfamiliar if a parent or family member didn’t go to college, said Baker. She will teach the weekly class at the school.

Baldwin, who was previously the freshman principal at South-Doyle, said he’s excited about the program because it fills a need for someone to work one-on-one with students about college and career readiness starting that first year of high school.

He and Baker agreed having a mentor, an addition of someone to a student’s life who isn’t a parent or a teacher, is beneficial.

“This mentor is choosing to spend time with you,” Baker said.

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Dave Serrano Golf Classic 2016

Written by: Rachel Guina, UT Sports

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has announced the Third Annual Dave Serrano Golf Classic presented by Regal Entertainment Group and EdFinancial will be held on Friday, October 14, 2016 at Avalon Golf Course in Lenoir City, Tenn.

Following a successful, sold-out event in 2015, this year’s tournament will tee off in an 8:30 a.m. ET shotgun start. A program and luncheon will be held at 1:30 p.m. ET. Teams for the tournament will be comprised of a four-person group with the team prizes awarded to the top finishers. Fees for the tournament are $1,000 per foursome or $275 per golfer.

Participants will also have an opportunity to win $50,000 as well as autographed memorabilia from UT Legends.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to again be hosting our golf tournament for Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee,” Serrano said. “The funds that this generates for so many children of this area is what makes it so worthwhile. My hope is that this community, our fans and alumni come out to play some golf, have fun and support this great cause.”

Proceeds will support one-on-one mentoring for children served through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring model is an evidence-based prevention and intervention strategy that is helping to improve the odds for children who face adversity. Through the high-quality one-to-one mentoring program, children are achieving educational success, reaching for higher aspirations, and avoiding risky behaviors.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters is honored to partner with Coach Serrano again on the Dave Serrano Golf Classic,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee Chief Executive Officer Doug Kose. “After listening to golfer feedback from last year’s sold out event, we’ve made a few exciting changes for our 2016 Classic and look forward to even greater participation this year. We are also very appreciative of Regal Entertainment Group and EdFinancial, both serving as title sponsors for this year’s event. All of the funds raised will be used to support mentoring programs for the at-risk youth we serve in the community.”

For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to register for the Dave Serrano Golf Classic, visit DaveSerranoGolfClassic.com or contact Alli Damas at adamas@tennesseebig.org or call 865-523-9455.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (Tennesseebig.org) provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Through these relationships, children achieve success throughout their lives. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee served more than 900 children in 2015. Through one-to-one mentoring relationships, these children make better decisions about their lives, have a better attitude about school and choose to avoid risky behaviors.

About Tennessee Baseball Head Coach Dave Serrano

One of just 12 coaches in NCAA history to take two different programs to the College World Series, Tennessee Head Coach Dave Serrano is one of the most successful and widely respected coaches in college baseball and enters his sixth season at the helm of the Volunteer Baseball program in spring 2017.

Previously the head coach at UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton, Serrano has the Volunteers moving in the right direction, leading them to the SEC Tournament in three consecutive seasons (2014-16) for the first time since 1995-97. A three-time coach with the USA Baseball National Team, serving as manager of the squad in 2012, Serrano has coached over 165 players who have gone on to be drafted, including 25 who have played in the Major Leagues.

Serrano is a proud and active member of the Knoxville community and has three sons, Kyle, Zach and Parker.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring organization, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring model is an evidence-based prevention and intervention strategy that is helping to improve the odds for children who face adversity.

Big Brothers Big Sisters cannot do it alone. With an investment of financial resources, Big Brothers Big Sisters can provide a key service to Tennesseans — changing children’s attitudes resulting in improved families and communities and leading to greater educational attainment for children served through Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Summary, released in 2012, substantiates that its mentoring programs are evidence-based, proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth in areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness. Top-quality evidence-based practices must be a part of any serious long-term strategy for moving our communities and our nation forward. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the East Tennessee organization’s 45-year history.

 

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Axle Logistics Announces Volunteer and Financial Support of Big Brothers Big Sisters

Written by Chris Goodrich, Ackermann PR 

Axle Logistics today announced the company has formed a relationship with Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, a non-profit organization that since 1970 has been providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that transform their lives for the better.

Axle’s support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is highlighted by the commitment of multiple Axle employees who recently volunteered to become “Bigs” as part of the organization’s site-based and community-based programs – a result directly attributed to what was one of the most highly attended lunch-and-learns in Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee’s history earlier this month.

In addition to volunteer support, the newly formed relationship also includes Axle Logistics’ financial support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee through the sponsorship of the organization’s new Mentor 2.0 program, as well as its “Roof Top Crawl Party” fundraiser scheduled for later this summer.

In the past year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has served approximately 878 children and has been focused on increasing fundraising efforts to aid in matching more children with a mentor.

“The work that Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee does in this community is tremendous, and continues to make an impact in children’s lives,” says Jon Clay, co-founder and managing partner of Axle Logistics. “We believe strongly in their vision that all children have the opportunity to achieve success in life, and we look forward to helping them push this mission forward in a variety of meaningful ways.”

Launching in fall 2016, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee’s Mentor 2.0 program is a technology-enriched, email-supported, one-to-one youth mentoring program directly targeting qualifying high school students at a local high school, in this case South Doyle. The program focuses on college readiness and success for high school students, particularly those who are slated to become first-generation college students.

Mentors and mentees will communicate through weekly writing activities, discussing important topics such as professionalism, perseverance, self-advocacy, college financial aid, and career choices. In addition to email communication, mentors and mentees will meet in-person eight times per year at Big Brothers Big Sisters-sponsored activities.

Mentor 2.0 students will attend a weekly class session to work through a research-based curriculum as well as spend time messaging their mentor. The curriculum creates a baseline of conversations and activities for all matches. It covers non-cognitive skills necessary for college success such as perseverance, critical thinking, help seeking and self-advocacy, and optimism about the future. It will also cover college knowledge such as college selection, applications and financial aid.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters is a great organization with a large need that happens to match up very well with our workforce’s demographic,” says Drew Johnson, co-founder and managing partner of Axle Logistics. “We have a number of young, energetic professionals that are passionate about helping this community and giving back in an impactful way. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a great way to facilitate that initiative.”

Today’s announcement comes just a few short weeks after Axle Logistics recently announced it will soon begin the expansion of its headquarters on the 10th floor of the Langley Building in downtown Knoxville in order to accommodate the hiring of an additional 40 employees over the next year and a half.

About Axle Logistics
Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Axle Logistics is a non-asset based, third-party logistics (3PL) company with a focus on providing safe, reliable, advanced transportation services – Truckload, LTL, Intermodal, and Warehousing – to a wide variety of customers throughout the continental U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit www.axlelogistics.com.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Through these relationships, children achieve success throughout their lives. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has served more than 850 children in 2015. Through one to one mentoring relationships, these children make better decisions about their lives, have a better attitude about school and choose to avoid risky behaviors. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is always seeking mentors to serve as Bigs in the program. For more information on becoming a mentor, go to www.tennesseebig.org.

By , Ackermann PR|June 1st, 2016

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Local Children Wait In Hopes For A Mentor

Last Chance to Help Provide Role Models for At-Risk Youth in East Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee (April 12th, 2016)– DeVandre is an outgoing 6 year old who loves playing basketball, football, and teelittle ball. When he’s not playing sports, DeVandre loves watching The Disney Channel and listening to Disney music. His favorite restaurant is McDonald’s because he loves to order chicken nuggets! His favorite subjects are Math and Reading but sometimes he has a hard time with his ABCs. DeVandre wants a Big Brother who will teach him to count past 100. He also wants a Big Brother who will watch movies with him, take him to the park, and to sporting events! He is an energetic, goofy child with a sweet demeanor, who can‘t wait to hang out with a “new friend”.

The need for a “new friend” in DeVandre’s life has become more apparent the older DeVandre has gotten. DeVandre’s father has been absent most of his life and he currently doesn’t have a strong, male role model to look up to. DeVandre’s mom works full-time and is also a full-time student, so she rarely is able to spend one-on-one time with her son. Because she loves her son, DeVandre’s mom hopes for DeVandre to have the opportunity to explore and spend quality time with a caring and supportive Big Brother.  DeVandre has been on the waiting list for a mentor now for well over half a year.

Our hope as an agency is that through volunteer recruitment and community fundraising, we can match DeVandre with the perfect Big Brother.

The 34th Annual Rock N’ Bowl For Kids’ Sake will help match the nearly 103 area children just like DeVandre who are waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister.

Rock N’ Bowl for Kids’ Sake is the premier fundraising and awareness event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee. All funds raised by bowlers directly benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee programs and help put the guidance and friendship of mentors in the lives of our local children.

Here’s how you can make a difference: Form a bowling team of friends, family or coworkers and register at BowlforKidsToday.org. Each member of your team raises at least $50 to help BBBS match children with a Big Brother or Big Sister. Then, as a thank you, you and your team head to the lanes to enjoy bowling, prizes and fun. This year’s event is Rockstar themed, so come in costume and pick a creative team name, because we award the most enthusiastic teams. This is your last chance to participate in Rock N’ Bowl for Kid’s Sake 2016—don’t miss the opportunity to have fun with friends while making a difference in our community’s children!

The last Bowl For Kids’ Sake events will be held at:

Maryville- Crest Lanes
330 Whitecrest Dr, Maryville
Saturday, April 16th; 11am-2pm

Knoxville – Strike & Spare
5700 Western Avenue, Knoxville
Friday, April 23rd; 4pm-9pm
Saturday, April 24th; 10am-2pm

Register your team today at BowlForKidsToday.org and Bowl for DeVandre’s Sake! Online registration will be open up to the time of the event. If your organization or company is interested in setting up a Wii Bowling event, please contact Alli Damas at 865.523.9455.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Through these relationships, children achieve success throughout their lives. The funding provides the means to provide community outreach to recruiting more volunteers and reaching more children. Additionally, the funding provides the financial resources to conduct criminal background reports on the volunteers, and provide the program services to provide quality program support to each match insuring longer stronger matches. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee served more than 873 children in 2015. Through the one to one mentoring relationships, these children make better decisions about their lives, have a better attitude about school and choose to avoid risky behaviors.

For more information about participating, volunteering or donating for this year’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake, contact Alli Damas at 865-523-9455 // adamas@tennesseebig.org.

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BBBS of East Tennessee Receives 2015 National Quality Award

Knoxville, Tenn. (April 7th, 2016)-Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has been named a Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Quality Award winner. The organization is one of the 43 affiliate agencies out of 325 nationwide to receive this honor. This award is used by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to recognize the strong work ethic of agency leadership and staff in providing high-quality programming for the children the organization serves.

“This past year, we set extremely high goals for ourselves, knowing it would be a challenge to meet and exceed them. Our team came together and worked tirelessly to get everything accomplished that was laid out in front of them,” said Kara Finger, VP of Programs. “It was difficult but fun to see everyone band together and grow stronger as a team.”

In the past year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has served approximately 878 children and has been focused on increasing fundraising efforts to aid in matching more children with a mentor. To expand its services and impact, the agency will launch a new program, Mentor 2.0, in the Fall. Mentor 2.0 is a technology-enriched, email supported one-to-one youth mentoring program directly targeting qualifying high school students at a local high school.

“This recognition validates the hard work and time our staff has put into improving the quality and number of mentoring relationships we make, which is incredibly important to us,” said Al Williams, Board President. “It’s an honor to serve this organization and its mission.”

The Quality Award reflects the care and attention that goes into each match between a Big and a Little. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN will receive award recognition at the 2016 Big Brothers Big Sisters National Conference in Orlando this June.

 

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Through these relationships, children achieve success throughout their lives. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has served more than 850 children in 2015. Through one to one mentoring relationships, these children make better decisions about their lives, have a better attitude about school and choose to avoid risky behaviors. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is always seeking mentors to serve as Bigs in the program. For more information on becoming a mentor, go to tennesseebig.org.

For more information about the Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN agency, contact Alli Damas, Marketing and Marketing Director, at 865-523-9455 //  adamas@tennesseebig.org.

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Be a Rockstar like Ariya and Rosa

Big Sister Rosa was first interested in becoming involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters because she enjoyed interacting with children. However, one of the main reasons Rosa became involved in our organization was because she was drawn to the fact that she would have an opportunity to personally influence, mentor, love, and motivate a child. During her childhood, Rosa had very strong influences in her life that provided her and her family with friendship, guidance, and support and Rosa wanted to share that same kind of bond with a Little Sister.

When Little Sister Ariya was in the third grade, she heard about Big Brother Big Sisters and asked to join. She was excited to spend time with a friend to play games with and to talk to about her day. At the time, Ariya needed extra help with her academics and because she was extremely shy, a Big Sister was just what she needed to encourage her. In October of 2011, Ariya was matched with her Big Sister Rosa in the Site-Based Program. They are now a Community-Based match and spend multiple times a month together (sometimes every week together)! This year they will be celebrating FIVE years of friendship as Big and Little and their journey has been one of the books.

Today, Ariya is a bright, silly, and active 7th grader. In addition to being top of her class academically, she is a record-holding Junior Olympian in Track & Field and very skilled in softball and basketball! Being matched with Rosa has helped allow her to be herself and has given her someone to look up to. Being a mature and self-aware child, Ariya realizes the special relationship that she has with her Big Sister. When speaking to BBBS, she describes Rosa as involved and absolutely hilarious. One of the things she loves most about her match is that she shares so much LAUGHTER with her Big Sister, so much laughter that her “cheeks often hurt” when she comes home from outings because she smiles so much with Rosa! But don’t worry, the admiration between these two isn’t one sided. Rosa admits that sometimes she feels like Ariya is mentoring HER, because she is incredibly upbeat, outgoing and encouraging. Rosa said that Ariya continually impresses her with her focused and level-headed nature and she can’t wait to watch Ariya grow into her own.

When together, Ariya and Rosa love going to restaurants and participating in outdoor activities, but they mostly enjoy keeping each other’s company. This mentoring relationship is joy-filled and fun–these two are a ROCKSTAR match!!

When you bowl in this year’s Rock N’ Bowl For Kids’ Sake, you are allowing BBBS to make more matches like Ariya and Rosa! Be a ROCKSTAR and bowl today. Register at BowlForKidsToday.org.

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Be a RockStar like Gareth and Tristan

Big Brother Gareth and Little Brother Tristan were matched in the Fall of 2015. Even though these two haven’t been matched long, their quickly-established bond and fun, upbeat personalities make them special.

Big Brother Gareth grew up with a solid mentor and decided to join our program so he could provide that same type of special relationship to a child in need. Gareth, a film and screenplay writer, grew up in the countryside of England, not too far from London, and has since lived in exciting places like Miami, New York City and Greece! He wanted to use his worldly knowledge and adventurous spirit to teach his Little about unique opportunities the world can provide. Because Gareth has a love for the outdoors and being active, he was matched with Little Brother Tristan. Tristan, an outgoing and independent ball of energy, wanted a Big Brother so he could do “fun things by himself”. Tristan is the oldest of three siblings and because he has an autistic brother, he doesn’t receive much one-on-one attention at home. Because of this, he was excited to have a Big Brother who could take him places that he had always wanted to go to! On Gareth and Tristan’s match day, Tristan learned that his new Big Brother wrote movies, and was SO excited because he had never been to the movies and had always wanted to go. This one common interest set the tone for the match relationship moving forward.

Almost six months later, Tristan has finally gotten to go to the movies and it has become one of his favorite things to do with Gareth. Together, they also enjoy fishing, playing ping pong and attending BBBS Events. Tristan loves hearing about Gareth’s childhood in England (he still can’t believe that residents drive on the opposite side of the road) and Gareth enjoys watching Tristan break out of his shell. Gareth and Tristan have an “easy” and fun match that started off great immediately. They both are looking forward to exploring new places together and watching their relationship grow stronger! These two are a ROCKSTAR match!

When you bowl in this year’s Rock N’ Bowl For Kids’ Sake, you are allowing BBBS to make more matches like Gareth and Tristan! Be a ROCKSTAR and bowl today. Register at BowlForKidsToday.org.

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