Back to School: New Year, New You

Back to School: New Year, New You

Tips and Tricks to Help Littles Achieve Academic Success In order to better serve our Bigs, Littles and families, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas has launched a monthly educational series we call M.Ed.S. Our August issue of M.Ed.S focuses on getting Littles off to a good start this school year and building on those successes throughout the year. As the new school year quickly approaches you may have found yourself wondering, “How can I help my child/Little achieve their academic goals this year?” This month’s M.Ed.S. is packed with tips, tricks, and techniques to help your child/Little hit every goal this school year. Read More
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Bigs In Blue

Bigs In Blue

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas has partnered with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, to launch Bigs in Blue, a one-to-one mentoring program that connects police with youth in communities where they serve. Bigs in Blue partnerships are also being formed in Cabarrus County and in Matthews. Bigs in Blue was developed by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, to address the pervasive problem and often devastating consequences of poor relations between police and the communities they serve. The program is currently operating in 25 cities, with another 25+ local Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) agencies coming on board soon. National press coverage can be viewed at www.bbbs.org/bigs-in-blue. During its first year, Charlotte’s Bigs in Blue program will create and support 30 mentoring relationships between local officers and youth living in neighborhoods where they patrol.  The officer (“Big”) and his or her mentee (“Little”) will meet twice a month, for an average of four hours monthly, and their relationship will develop out in the community, at parks, libraries, community centers, special cultural/sporting events and BBBS sponsored activities. If you would like to invest in Bigs in Blue, you can visit our Donation Page, or contact: Doug Hartjes, Vice President of Development, doug.hartjes@bbbscentralcarolinas.org, (704) 910-1301 ext. 1015.  
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Children of Families in Transition (COFIT)

Children of Families in Transition (COFIT)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas is partnering with the YWCA and A Child’s Place to provide mentors (Bigs) for children from families without stable housing. The program is called Children of Families in Transition, or COFIT. Big Brothers Big Sisters hopes to serve 30-50 children through this program over the next year. The challenges and obstacles facing homeless children and teens are significant and can be devastating. Fortunately, there are organizations like A Child’s Place and the YWCA who provide support and services to families without stable housing. A Child’s Place serves students throughout the school year of their homeless crisis. Once permanently housed, they are no longer tracked. By pairing a mentor or “Big” with a homeless Little, and then continuing the relationship once they have found a stable living arrangement, we are providing the child with desperately-needed consistency during turbulent and transitional times. Susan Hansell, Executive Director of A Child’s Place, states “The partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters enables A Child’s Place to help connect our student and family to a Big Brother or Sister who can stay with the student past the first year and provide longer-term stability, encouragement and support, even after the family is safely housed. A Child’s Place will provide a safety net to Big Brothers Big Sisters through our expertise with our children and families, in the event that the family becomes unstable and homeless again”. The average community-based mentoring relationship created by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas lasts more than 35 months. The impact of providing our community’s most vulnerable young people with a positive adult role model who can stand by their side as advocate, advisor and friend, through homelessness and beyond, is compelling and profound. If you would like to invest in COFIT, you can visit our Donation Page, or contact: Doug Hartjes, Vice President of Development, doug.hartjes@bbbscentralcarolinas.org, (704) 910-1301 ext. 1015.
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