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Be A Rockstar like Lyndsay and Tashae

Big Sister and BBBS Board Member Lyndsay and her Little Sister Tashae were first matched on April 6th, 2010 in our Site Based Program. During this time, Lyndsay and Tashae focused on doing school work, reading, playing sports and playing board games. As Lyndsay and Tashae’s relationship grew through the School Based Program, they both decided they needed to spend even more time together and transitioned into our Community Based Program. Their match, as Lyndsay says, as been “Rockin’ and Rollin'” ever since.

Six years later, Tashae is now a growing, bright, 16 yr. old high school student. She and Lyndsay are still extremely close and love going out to eat, doing Zumba, and going to the park together. Ever since they have been matched, they have encouraged and uplifted each other, laughed (a lot!) and have learned the importance of what if means to have someone in your corner.

Today, Tashae describes Lyndsay as a caring, loveable and generous woman who makes her feel safe and cared for. She believes that Lyndsay has taught her responsibly and how to stand up for herself, while Lyndsay believes that Tashae has taught her the real meaning of serving with humility and compassion. They have a true bond that is supported by both Lyndsay and Tashae’s families.

We love what Lyndsay once said about her relationship with Tashae and Tashae’s mom: “When times are tough, we collaborate. When things go well, we celebrate. When we can’t figure things out, we communicate until there is a plan in place that always works out for Tashae’s good.” This is what they have successfully been doing for the past six years and what they will continue to do to further Tashae’s life for the better, forever!

What a sweet relationship built on love and respect. 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 Lyndsay and Tashae! Be a ROCKSTAR and bowl today. Register at BowlForKidsToday.org.

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Be A RockStar Like Cal and William

A brother, a mentor, and a friend; this is who Little Brother William received when he was matched with Big Brother Cal back in June 2012.

William is a very bright middle school student and is enrolled in many honor classes. He has a passion for learning and studies Albert Einstein material regularly. Like Einstein, William loves science! When asked what he wants to be when he grows up, he confidently answers, “ a microbiologist or a doctor.” When William isn’t excelling in school, he can be found in the pool with his swim team!

Ever since joining BBBS, on top of loving school, swimming, and Albert Einstein, William loves hanging out with his Big Brother, Cal. Cal, described by others as caring and passionate, wanted to be a positive role model in someone’s life. Through activities like sporting events and going out to eat, he wanted to explore the city of Knoxville with his Little and build a lasting friendship with him.

Cal and William will be celebrating four years as a match this summer. Even after four years, these two haven’t skipped a beat and they still get together multiple times a month to hang out and spend time together. Some of their favorite activities include going out to eat, exploring the city through their Geocaching app, and going to Max Air Trampoline Park! Just recently, William’s mother gave birth to a baby girl. William and Cal met up and had a special time shopping together as they searched for the perfect gift for William’s new little sister. These two enjoy doing normal, everyday activities–as long as they are together, they are having fun!

Cal is loved by William’s family and is revered for providing William with continuous and undying love and support. 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 Cal and William! Be a ROCKSTAR and bowl today. Register at BowlForKidsToday.org.

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Be a RockStar like Amy and J.J

Big Sister Amy was first interested in Big Brothers Big Sisters because one of her friends was a volunteer, and she thought it sounded like a wonderful experience. She had experience previously with kids, but she wanted something more special than what she had done before. Amy had mentors and a great family in her life as she was growing up, and she wanted to be a mentor for someone else. She hoped to motivate her Little Sister by encouraging her interests and showing her new and exciting things. She wanted her Little to know that “she can do it,” and to instill in her confidence to be successful. Amy was matched with her Little Sister, J.J., in January of 2013. At the time, J.J. was in the third grade, and wanted a mentor because other kids in her class had one. She also wanted a Big Sister so she could have a friend, and that is exactly what happened when she was matched with Amy.

Being matched in the Site-Based program, Amy and J.J. worked on homework, played games and got to know each other by talking and asking questions. They both have positive and friendly personalities, so they hit it off right away. After awhile, they decided to transition to the Community-Based program because they wanted to spend even more time together, and that decision has only made them closer.

Today these two enjoy bowling, shopping, crafting and spending time together. They are a part of the BBBS Craft Club, have taken private dance lessons and even recently went to Knoxville Martial Arts Academy for MMA class! They are always up for an adventure and for trying new things together, including planning a wedding! This past Fall, Amy married the love of her life in front of friends and family, and among the crowd also sat J.J. and J.J.’s mom. Even when life gets busy, these two ladies still make time for each other.

The sweetest part of their match? When you are around Amy and J.J., you can feel the strength of their relationship. These two act as if they have known each other their entire lives, just like real sisters! Amy is most definitely J.J.’s Big Sister, as well as a mentor and true friend– and J.J.’s thoughtfulness, bright future and maturity inspire Amy daily. 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 Amy and J.J.! Be a ROCKSTAR and bowl today. Register at BowlForKidsToday.org.

 

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BBBS Teams Up with Dave Serrano for Surprise Flashmob

Knoxville, Tenn.- The attendants in Thompson Bowling Arena last Tuesday were anticipating a clash between two incredible coaches as Tennessee’s Rick Barnes and the Volunteers battled on the court against the Auburn’s Bruce Pearl and the Tigers. However, a third coach decided to throw some unexpected entertainment into the mix.
Dave Serrano, Head Coach of the UT Baseball team, partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (BBBS) to throw a surprise flash mob during the halftime introduction of the 2016 Baseball team. “Our baseball team was honored to be part of the Flash Mob with Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee during the basketball game. I’m a proud member of their organization and anytime I can include my team to raise awareness for this organization I will. I hope this allows more people to “step up to the plate” for these wonderful kids.” said Coach Dave Serrano. Dave Serrano supports BBBS each year by hosting the Dave Serrano Golf Classic to benefit the agency. The golf classic is set to take place this Fall.

The flash mob group shook up the arena with dance moves from the UT Baseball team, UT Cheer and Dance Team, Smokey, Missy Kane, Michael Spencer with WATE, WBIR Anchor and Big Sister Mary Scott, WVLT Anchors, Amanda Hara and Ted Hall, Tyrone from the Mark and Kim Show on Star 102.1, and the matches and staff of BBBS.

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 gang and criminal activity.
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 at 865-523-9455 // adamas@tennesseebig.org.

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AT&T Supports Big Brothers Big Sisters’ New Mentor 2.0 Program

Knoxville, TN. (February, 9th 2016)  – Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN (BBBS) is pleased to announce it has received financial support of $1,800.00 from AT&T to help fund associated costs, including curriculum and match activities, for its new program, Mentor 2.0.

Mentor 2.0, a groundbreaking initiative developed by iMentor, is a professionally supported, technology-enriched one-to-one mentoring program that engages high school students in the classroom and online in an entirely new way. Mentors and mentees use an interactive secure portal to follow a curriculum-based program administered by the BBBS’ staff. Partnering with South Doyle High School, BBBS will launch the Mentor 2.0 program this Fall.

“AT&T is pleased to be able to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee for their Mentor 2.0 program. Mentoring has proven to be a successful tool to develop and provide direction for young adults,” said Allan Hill, Regional Director for External Affairs.

AT&T invests in innovative education organizations, tools and solutions; and employs technology and capabilities that are unique to its company to make a positive impact on education. AT&T believes that every student deserves opportunities to reach his or her full potential and that by removing barriers, sparking innovative solutions and making connections, every student can achieve a bright, successful future. AT&T’s community mission involving the furthering of education aligns with the goals of the future Mentor 2.0 program.

On hand for the check presentation from AT&T, State Senator Becky Massey said, “As a former Board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, I know that mentoring is a vital way to help children in our community succeed. I think the Mentor 2.0 program will encourage a new generation of youth to work hard, stay in high school and pursue college dreams.”

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About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN
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 Community Engagement at AT&T
At AT&T, Community Engagement means engaging employees to build strong, connected, and thriving communities where they live and do business. Employees focus on three key issues: improving educational outcomes, building sustainable communities and promoting the responsible use of technology. In 2011, employees and retirees donated 6 million hours of time to community outreach activities and pledged more than $33 million for charities of their choice through the United Way/Employee Giving campaign. Employees also committed to more than 21,000 sustainable choices through Do One Thing (DOT), which invites employees to make small, everyday choices that add up to a big positive impact for themselves, the community and/or the company.

 

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