22 Year Friendship – Big Sister/Little Brother

Although not a local story, this one is such an amazing example of the impact mentoring has on both a child and the adult volunteer.  Enjoy and thank you to WHSV Bridgewater, for sharing! Watch the video here.   BRIDGEWATER, Va. (WHSV) — An unlikely friendship through the big brothers big sisters program has lasted through one big sister’s 102nd birthday. Jaime Allman and Ruth Wine have been friends for 20 years, first meeting when Allman was just 6 and … Continue reading

Happy Big Brothers Big Sisters Day!

2013 marks the 100th Anniversary of BIG mentoring programs in Canada.  In 1904, when a young New York City court clerk named Ernest Coulter was seeing more and more boys come through his courtroom, he recognized that caring adults could help many of these kids stay out of trouble, and he set out to find volunteers. That marked the beginning of the Big Brothers movement. At around the same time, the members of a group called Ladies of Charity were … Continue reading

One in Four High School Students Undecided on College/University Education

One in Four High School Students Undecided on College/University Education Lack of career advice, mentors and paying for post-secondary education among the major concerns for returning high school students, new study finds. Toronto, August 28, 2013 –High school students, getting set for class next week, feel enormous pressure to succeed academically, and 24 per cent don’t even know if they will go to college or university, according to a Big Brothers Big Sisters/CIBC Academic Success Survey. Of those uncertain of … Continue reading

New Value Village in Sherwood Park

Now open on Baseline Road, the newest Value Village location is helping families in more ways than one.  Through free home pick-ups and conveniently located drop off bins, when people recycle their gently used clothing and small household items, our kids receive the support they need to be successful.  Clothing recycling ensures that families have access to good quality and affordable clothes, is environmentally efficient and a convenient way for all of us to clean out our closets…all while supporting … Continue reading

Little has Big impact on Volunteer

Community Matters: Little has Big impact on Volunteer By Claire Theobald, Edmonton Sun Andy Anderson started with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a mentor, now he and his Little are more like family. “I just tell people he is my brother, and he introduces me as his older brother,” says Anderson. “We just kind of fit together.” Anderson has been a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters for four years, an organization that provides positive mentorship to kids unlocking their … Continue reading