Brett & Owen – A Quick & Fast Friendship

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

International Women’s Day: Kelly Micetich

Since March 8th is International Women’s Day, we thought it was appropriate to take a look at some of the amazing women in our lives who make our work supporting children and their families possible. One of the first people who comes to mind is Kelly Micetich. Kelly is an outstanding individual whose passion and commitment to our kids and our community is the focus of both her personal and professional life. Over the past 20 years Kelly has demonstrated … Continue reading

An Opportunity To Share

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

We’re On A Manhunt

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 100 days starts now! We’ve got nearly 300 boys on our waiting list for a Big Brother and many of those boys will wait for up to two years before they’re matched. Why? Because we simply don’t have enough men who believe they can be a positive influence in the life of a child. But we know that if someone cares about children, that person will make a wonderful role model. So, we are challenging ourselves and … Continue reading

So What’s The Big Deal?

Potential volunteers might ask themselves what’s REALLY the value of spending just an hour with a child at their school. So we sat down with Joanne Wynn, Principal at Norwood School, to find out. Why is the Bigs in Schools program important for Norwood School? We’ve had this program for over 25 years. One reason the program is so important is because many of our students come from humble situations and they don’t always have access to other role models … Continue reading