Friendship, Laughter & Cookies

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Shiloh admits that when she was 10 years old she didn’t get along very well with other kids at school. “I needed someone to talk to,” she says. Her mom heard about the mentoring programs at Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters (BGCBigs) and Shiloh agreed to try it out. “It’s risky because you’re putting yourself out there. But it turned out to be worth it.” Shiloh was matched to Danielle, a caring volunteer with a myriad of … Continue reading

Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way

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One of the focuses of our Club’s is to provide kids with new opportunities and experiences. The Afro Quiz is one example. It’s a Jeopardy-style quiz competition held each year during Black History Month to celebrate the rich history of people of African descent across the globe. It also instills a sense of pride and appreciation in the youth of our community. Aashwin and Chaitanya are two boys who regularly attend the Sakaw Boys & Girls Club. Nirmal, the Club … Continue reading

Just Give It A Shot

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They walked into the coffee shop and it was clear they were a Big Brother Little Brother match. They looked nothing alike and the age difference was obvious, yet they acted like brothers. From across the room, one could tell they were making jokes and easily carrying on a conversation about whatever was around them. It’s hard not to smile when you see a pair like Ryan and Sammy. Ryan is confident and outgoing and Sammy is a quiet and … Continue reading

Brett & Owen – A Quick & Fast Friendship

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Fifth year Golden Bear Hockey player Brett Ferguson just became a volunteer with Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters as an In School Mentor to mentor Owen, a 4th grade student. Matched just over a month ago, the pair have quickly became best of friends. Watch the video below to hear about how Brett makes time for a Little, and how you can get involved. (Huge thanks to the U of A Golden Bears for creating this lovely … Continue reading

An Opportunity To Share

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We love getting feedback and hearing stories from straight from the mouths of our wonderful volunteers. Krista is a mentor in our EXCEL Program™ and she shared with us part of why she loves volunteering. Volunteering with EXCEL has been a nostalgic experience for me because I see so much of myself in the kids. I recall struggling with school right into my teens and having no idea how to deal with the terrifying things I would have to learn … Continue reading