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Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN names new CDO

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KNOXVILLE, TN (Feb 12, 2018) — Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has named Tyler Boldin as its Chief Development Officer.

“We are excited to bring Tyler on board to lead our development efforts,” Chief Executive Officer Brent Waugh said. “Tyler’s experience in both the banking and non-profit sectors has prepared him well to secure diverse funding and fulfill the agency’s mission of providing marginalized children with a caring, adult mentor.”

Boldin moved to the non-profit sector in 2016 after 10 years of consumer and commercial banking experience. As the manager of major gifts and leadership giving at The United Way of Greater Knoxville, Boldin identified and built relationships with numerous supporters across the region.

“I am grateful to join the Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee team,” Boldin said. “The greatest investment one can make is to invest in another person, and our programming gives supporters the means to do just that. I look forward to creating lasting change in the lives of young people throughout East Tennessee.”

A University of Tennessee-Knoxville alumnus, Boldin has served as the board president of Character Counts of Knoxville and Knox County since 2015.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee provides at-risk children with strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that change lives for the better, forever. More information is available at tennesseebig.org.

Contact
Alli Damas, Marketing Coordinator
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee
865-523-9455
development@tennesseebig.org

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee Names New CEO

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KNOXVILLE, TN (January 23, 2018) — Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (BBBS-ETN) has named Brent Waugh as its Chief Executive Officer.

Waugh, who joined the agency in 2017 as Chief Development Officer, takes over for Doug Kose, who led the organization from 2013 through January 2018.

“We are thrilled to promote Brent to the role of CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee,” said David Bratcher, board president. “Brent brings a wealth of fundraising and marketing experience in both the higher education and non-profit arenas, and I’m excited to see him continue to apply that expertise to our programs.”

From 2013 until joining BBBS-ETN in 2017, Waugh worked at Northwestern University as director of marketing and communications in the division of Alumni Relations and Development. Prior to Northwestern, Waugh worked in fundraising Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

“I believe in this agency and I couldn’t be more honored to serve as its CEO,” Waugh said. “As a Big Brother, I have seen first-hand the change Big Brothers Big Sisters makes in the lives of area youth and the transformational impact the agency makes on this community. I look forward to continuing the momentum established by Doug Kose and by all the organization’s leaders before him.”

In addition to his work at BBBS-ETN, Waugh is a member of the Knoxville Track Club and the Tennessee Technological University Alumni Advisory Board. He also volunteers for many area organizations, including Keep Knoxville Beautiful and the Fourth and Gill Neighborhood Association.

Waugh earned an M.S. in Journalism and Electronic Media from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and a B.S. in Psychology from Tennessee Technological University.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee provides at-risk children with strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that change lives for the better, forever. More information available at tennesseebig.org.

Contact
Alli Damas, Marketing Coordinator
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee
865-523-9455
development@tennesseebig.org

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BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF ETN NAMES MENTORS, MATCH OF THE YEAR

Sabrina Childs, Brent Crabtree, Stephanie Smith receive agency’s top honors for volunteers

KNOXVILLE, TN (Jan. 8, 2017) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has named its Bigs and Match of the Year in conjunction with the agency’s celebration of National Mentoring Month.

Big Sister of the Year: Sabrina Childs

Sabrina Childs is the 2017 Big Sister of the Year. Childs and her Little Brother De’Aries were matched in December of 2011.

Childs chose to mentor a boy after finding out how many boys were on the BBBS-ETN waiting list. Childs and De’Aries enjoy cheering on the Vols, going out to eat, rock climbing, and woodworking.

“I was in a state of shock when I received this award,” Childs said. “I love being a Big Sister to De’Aries—seeing him grow, overcome fears, and accomplish goals. I do hope that more men become involved in this phenomenal program so that fewer boys are waiting for a Big Brother.”

Childs is not only a Big Sister, she’s a member of the Board of Directors and a donor to the BBBS-ETN Creating Big Futures campaign. She also serves on the BBBS-ETN Golf Classic Committee and participates in the agency’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake event.

Big Brother of the Year: Brent Crabtree

Brent Crabtree has been named the 2017 Big Brother of the Year. He met his Little Brother, Deontae, just over three years ago.

Crabtree and Deontae enjoy throwing football, riding bikes, and participating in community service activities together.

Crabtree says he was surprised and excited to be given the Big Brother of the Year award.

“Being named Big Brother of the Year was quite overwhelming, and I think it’s a testament to an amazing organization—Big Brothers Big Sisters—that is truly changing lives,” Crabtree said. “To anyone out there considering being a mentor, I’d say ‘do it.’ Being a Big Brother has affected me in ways I cannot express.”

In addition to volunteering as a Big Brother, Crabtree serves on the BBBS-ETN Fund Development Committee and supports the agency’s Creating Big Futures fundraising campaign.

Match of the Year: Stephanie Smith and Josie

Big Sister Stephanie Smith and her Little Sister Josie are the first-ever BBBS-ETN Match of the Year. Smith and Josie met in March of 2015.

Smith works with her Little Sister to set goals for her life, and says she’s been pleased with how Josie has grown into a responsible and mature youth.

The two love crafting together, and both Smith and Josie say they can talk about anything.

“I am surprised and blessed that Josie and I have been named Match of the Year,” Smith said.  “Josie has and is overcoming so many life challenges, and I consider it an honor to help her navigate this world.”

Recipients of the Big and Match of the Year awards were honored at a private event in December 2017.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (BBBS-ETN)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change lives for the better, forever. Find out more at tennesseebig.org.

About National Mentoring Month
Launched in 2002 by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of mentors to help ensure positive outcomes for our young people.

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Contact
Brent Waugh, Chief Development Officer
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee
(865) 243-3880 | bwaugh@tennesseebig.org

 

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Big Brothers Big Sisters to host holiday party for children this Saturday

KNOXVILLE, TN (Nov. 30, 2017) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee will host a Holiday party for mentors (Bigs) and their mentees (Littles) on Saturday, Dec. 2.

The fifth annual BBBS-ETN Match Holiday Party, sponsored by Knoxville Pediatric Associates, takes place from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Summit Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Knoxville.

This year’s party will be Polar Express-themed—matches are encouraged to wear pajamas, and breakfast will be served.

What: The fifth annual BBBS-ETN Match Holiday Party

When: Saturday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: Crowne Plaza Knoxville, 401 W. Summit Hill — Summit Ballroom

Visuals: — Littles meeting Santa Claus and opening presents
— Mentors and children decorating cookies, creating ornaments, and participating in other arts                        and crafts activities
— Announcement of BBBS-ETN Matches of the Year

On-site contact will be Chief Development Officer, Brent Waugh at 865.804.1288.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (BBBS-ETN)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change lives for the better, forever. Find out more at tennesseebig.org.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters hosts fifth annual Cash for Kids’ Sake

Contact:
Alli Damas, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee
865-523-9455 | adamas@tennesseebig.org

Knoxville, Tenn. (Oct. 3, 2017) – The fifth annual Cash for Kids’ Sake event presented by The Graham Corporation raised more than $82,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (BBBS-ETN) on Thursday, September 14.

Voice of the Vols and former Big Brother Bob Kesling and former University of Tennessee Athletic Director Joan Cronan served as emcees for the event which took place at The Standard Knoxville. Miss Knoxville 2017 Brianna Mason welcomed guests.

Sharon Gigliotti, who won the grand prize reverse raffle of $15,000, donated her winnings to Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee to support its one-to-one mentoring programs.

“We are very thankful for all of the great supporters—including sponsors and attendees—of our fifth annual Cash for Kids’ Sake,” said BBBS-ETN CEO Doug Kose. “It was a wonderful evening to celebrate our volunteers, our agency, and our mentoring programs which are making a significant impact on the East Tennessee community each and every day.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, with help from Chattanooga Big Brother of the Year Sergeant Sean O’Brien, also launched “Bigs in Blue” at Cash for Kids’ Sake. The program connects mentees, known as Littles, with public safety professionals who help with social skills, self confidence, and interactions with family and peers.

These relationships can help build stronger bonds between law enforcement and the families they serve, reducing crime and community violence.

“We are thrilled to launch the Bigs in Blue program and grateful for Sergeant O’Brien’s appearance at Cash for Kids’ Sake,” said Kara Finger, BBBS-ETN Vice President of Programs. “Bigs in Blue is proven to improve relationships between police departments and communities. We look forward to working with the Knoxville Police Department, the Maryville Police Department, and many other agencies throughout our service area.”

Cash for Kids’ Sake is supported by The Graham Corporation, Clayton Bank & Trust, Pilot Travel Centers, All Occasions Party Rentals, Bandit Lites, and The Casual Pint.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (BBBS-ETN)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change lives for the better, forever. Find out more at tennesseebig.org.

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Mentoring Agency Reaches Goal of Recruiting 100 Mentors in 100 Days

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN recruits 100 new mentors, and with its success, decides to extend campaign to recruit additional mentors specifically for Mentor 2.0 Program.

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Knoxville, TN. (July 31, 2017) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN (BBBSETN), along with the Save Our Sons organization, is pleased to announce that it has met its goal of recruiting 100 Mentors in 100 Days. By gaining 100 new mentors, the wait time for children on the waiting list will decrease and a majority of the children will be matched with a Big Brother or a Big Sister.

“The City of Knoxville’s Save Our Sons Initiative celebrates the success of our partner’s ‘100 Mentors in 100 Days’ campaign. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee contributes to positive outcomes for young men and boys of color on a daily basis and their efforts to secure mentors for 100 additional youth highlight their commitment to serving the community,” said City of Knoxville Community Relations Director, Avice Reid. “Statistics show that youth participating in mentoring programs are more likely to stay in school; perform better in school; are less likely to participate in gangs; and are less likely to be involved with drugs, delinquency and the justice system. Mentoring is a strategy that makes sense and SOS looks forward to a long and beneficial partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters that exposes young men to the right kind of adult role models.”

Because of its success, BBBSETN has decided to extend the campaign to recruit additional mentors specifically for its Mentor 2.0 Program. Mentor 2.0 is a technology-enhanced one-to-one mentoring program that provides trans-formative college access support for low-income and first generation high school students. This program makes it easier than ever to become a Big through weekly online communication and monthly in-person meetings.

“The agency is in need of 75 volunteers to mentor the incoming Freshman class at South-Doyle High School starting this Fall. Mentors play a vital role in the lives of these students as they work towards college and career success,” said Whitney Baker, BBBSETN Mentor 2.0 Director.

The campaign’s extension will include BBBSETN and Save Our Sons partnering with the Divine Nine – Barber Shop Project, in an effort to intensify the efforts to recruit more Men of Color and Mentor 2.0 volunteers. The campaign will continue through-out the month of August.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (Tennesseebig.org) provides 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 800 children in 2016. 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.

Alli Damas
Marketing and Events Director
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN
865.523.9455
adamas@tennesseebig.org

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TN Tennis To Partner With BBBS For Golf Classic

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee announced that the Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf Classic with Tennessee Tennis, presented by Regal Entertainment Group and EdFinancial, will be held on Friday, October 27, 2017 at Avalon Golf Course in Lenoir City, Tenn.

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. Teams for the tournament will be comprised of a four-person group with the team prizes awarded to the top finishers.

All participants will receive a Babolat junior tennis racquet and have an opportunity to win $50,000.

“Chris Woodruff and I were both fortunate to have been guided by parents who gave us every opportunity to be successful in our lives,” women’s tennis head coach Alison Ojeda said. “It was their leadership and positive encouragement that gave us the ability to pursue excellence. Whether it is on the tennis court, in the classroom or in the community, we both believe that we win with people.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters is an organization who believes that every child has the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Through positive relationships, they change children’s lives for the better. Chris and I are honored to be a part of their mission.”

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 the Tennessee Tennis program for this year’s Golf Classic,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee Chief Executive Officer Doug Kose. “The outing will be a chance to interact with the tennis coaches and student-athletes to have a fun day while raising funds for a great organization. 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 on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf Classic with Tennessee Tennis, contact Alli Damas at adamas@tennesseebig.org or call 865-523-9455. To register, visit BBBSGolfClassic.com.

About Tennessee Women’s Tennis Head Coach Alison Ojeda
Coming off her first year at the helm on Rocky Top, Tennessee Head Coach Alison Ojeda led the Volunteers to one of their most productive seasons in recent years. Tennessee had its most wins (19) and highest ITA ranking (12th) since 2011. The Big Orange also earned their first berth in the NCAA Championships since 2014, advancing to the second round.

Ojeda played a major role in helping senior Brittany Lindl take her game to the next level and become the top player in the singles lineup, where she had seven ranked wins on the season. Lindl garnered second-team All-SEC honors, the ITA Ohio Valley Region’s Most Improved Senior Award and a bid to the NCAA Singles Championships.

Improved on-court performance wasn’t the only bright spot for Tennessee women’s tennis this season, as Ojeda also emphasized community outreach in the Knoxville area, which earned Tennessee a share of its first-ever national ITA Community Service Award.

About Tennessee Men’s Tennis Head Coach Chris Woodruff
Chris Woodruff was named the head coach of the Tennessee men’s program in May 2017 after a lifetime of representing Knoxville and the University of Tennessee at the highest levels of tennis. He won the Vols’ first NCAA singles title and has been on staff since ending his professional tennis career in 2002.

Growing up in Knoxville, he played for the Vols for two seasons and began his professional career in 1993 after ending the year No. 1 in college. On tour, he reached as high as No. 29 in the ATP World Tour Rankings and won a pair of titles, including the 1997 Canada Masters. He defeated seven players who had held the No. 1 world ranking.

As a coach for the Vols, Woodruff has mentored three No. 1-ranked singles players and three top-ranked doubles teams, including 2014 NCAA doubles champions Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese. Tennessee won back-to-back SEC titles in 2010 and 2011 and reached the 2010 NCAA final.

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 47-year history.

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Radio Systems Corporation Supports Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Mentoring Program

Knoxville, TN. (July 14th, 2017)  –Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (BBBSETN) is pleased to announce it has received funding to support its efforts in providing children facing adversity with caring and safe mentors.

Radio Systems Corporation awarded $10,000 to BBBSETN to support its work in matching children on the waiting list with new mentors and to support existing mentoring relationships. “Big Brothers Big Sisters is very appreciative of the support of one-to-one mentoring for at risk youth from Radio Systems Corporation and their Philanthropy Committee. We are able to serve more children in our local communities due to great corporate partners like Radio Systems,” says Doug Kose, BBBSETN’s CEO.

Mentoring helps improve the likelihood that a child will perform better in school, complete high school and develop important social competencies. Children and young adults who perform well in school and stay out of trouble often report that they have positive adult role models in their lives and that these individuals have helped guide them to make good decisions.

The Radio System Corporation’s grant helps BBBSETN continue to support and sustain matches throughout their duration. Over the course of the match, staff provide ongoing support and supervision to the Big, the Little and the Little’s family. Training and advice is also offered to help ensure that the match is successful for everyone involved.

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 800 children in 2016. 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.

Alli Damas
Marketing and Events Director
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN
865.523.9455
adamas@tennesseebig.org

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Inducts High Profile Individuals into Hall of Fame, Inaugural Scholarship Recipients Announced

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KNOXVILLE, TN (May 15, 2017) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (BBBSETN) hosted an Inaugural Hall of Fame and Scholarship Award Dinner on May 4th. The event, emceed by Voice of the Vols, Bob Kesling, took place at Neyland Stadium in the Lauricella Center. Hall of Fame inductees included Bill Jolly, Al Williams and Bo Shafer. The BBBSETN Hall of Fame is a platform to recognize those individuals who have been instrumental in providing direction, energy and support to the shaping of BBBSETN since its inception in 1970.

Bo Shafer was one of the co-founders of the organization in 1970 and provided the framework for the agency to serve thousands of children over the past 47 years. Bo was also the first Big Brother, Board Member, Fundraiser and Donor to the agency. Bill Jolly has been a Board Member, Board President, Big Brother to two different Littles, Donor and the founder and champion of the Big Swim, Big Swim II and Big Swim III. Al Williams, the CFO at Bush Beans has been a Board Member on two separate six-year terms, Board President, Big Brother, Donor and author to the book ‘A Friend Indeed’, which all of the proceeds raised from the sale of the book went to BBBS.

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Hall of Fame Inductees:  (L to R) Al Williams, Bo Shafer, and Bill Jolly.

The agency also celebrated and recognized graduating Littles, who are continuing their post-secondary education and will receive a Scholarship from the agency for the next four years. The three scholarship recipients are Katonteoia ‘Kat’ Shields, Jakese Brown and Grayson McGinnis.

Kat Shields has been matched with her Big Sister, Mebbie Jackson, for 10 years! Kat will graduate from Paul Kelly Volunteer Academy in May and plans to attend Pellissippi State and eventually become a Veterinarian. Jakese Brown has been matched with his Big Brother, Evan Hawkins, for three years. Jakese will graduate from Austin East High School in May and attend TN College of Applied Technology to become an automotive technician. Grayson McGinnis has been matched with his Big Brother, Tyler Cornell, for four years and will graduate from L&N Stem Academy in May. He has been accepted at MTSU and plans to be an athletic trainer.

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Scholarship Recipients (L to R): Jakese Brown, Kat Shields, and Grayson McGinnis.

The agency serves over 850 youth annually and hopes to increase the number of youth being served in the following years. For information on the agency and how to volunteer, visit www.TennesseeBig.org or call (865) 523-2179.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN
It is Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN (BBBSETN)’s mission to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Most children served by BBBSETN are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, BBBSETN makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”).

Contact: Doug Kose
(865) 243-3879
dkose@TennesseeBig.org

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Looks to Recruit 100 Mentors in 100 days

Mary Scott, WBIR 12:08 PM. EDT April 18, 2017

Next month Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is taking on one it’s biggest challenges yet: recruiting 100 mentors in 100 days.

The non-profit matches children ages 6-14 with volunteer mentors who are asked to hang out with their “little” twice a month. Recruiting male volunteers has been a consistent challenge for the non-profit both here and across the country.

“We have so many boys on the waiting list. When you look at our waiting list, 65 percent are boys 35% are girls and they {boys} can wait up to a year or longer to get a big brother,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee CEO Doug Kose.

Kose said he sees boys blaming themselves for not being able to get a big brother.

“At some point they say, ‘Why doesn’t anyone want to be my big brother? What’s wrong with me?’  That’s not the case at all. We don’t have enough men come through the funnel to be volunteers,” he explained.

Jesse Arcoren, 10, has been on the waiting list for the last nine months.

“The reason why I want a big brother is that I have no one to play with,” Arcoren, a fourth grader at Shannondale Elementary, said.

His mom found him a pair of golf clubs at a yard sale and he’s been teaching himself how to play in his yard. He also loves baseball, basketball, fishing, hiking, and climbing trees.

Jesse and his mom, Christina Shipley, moved here four years ago from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Christina tries her best to keep up with his growing love of the outdoors and adventure.

“Where I’ve gotten sick with my health problems, I’ve not gotten to do all the active stuff,” Shipley said, “The biggest missing chunk has been not having a male role model. That’s what I see. I think it really takes a village to raise a child.”

Jesse is adjusting now, but he had a difficult time at first. His mom said he was bullied for having long hair, a tradition in Native American culture.

“He was actually severely bullied because he was different being Native American. He actually has some auditory processing issues that made him a little bit different. Kids just didn’t understand,”
she said.

Jesse already realizes that he could learn from a big brother and he said while he might be shy at first, he would eventually open up.

“I would talk to him like my actual brother. He and me would have the same kind of traits. I would like it because he could teach me lots of things. What to do and not,” he said.

You can learn more about how to be a big brother or sister or nominate a child here.

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