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Chicago's Crime Epidemic: How You Can Help
2016 was one of the most violent years in Chicago's history. In this new year, many Chicagoans are wondering what they can do to help. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Chicago has been at the center of this conversation, working to spread the word about how people can begin to take ownership: to step up and become a Big. Click 'more' to see our recent conversations with the Chicago Tribune and WBEZ.
January brings in resolutions and plans for a new year, but it
also brings in the opportunity to look back and reflect on those who have made
a lasting impact on our lives. In honor of National Mentoring Month, we want to
thank our Bigs that are making a difference each day for kids across Metro
Chicago. Click 'more' to see how we're celebrating National Mentoring Month.
Make Real Change for Chicagoland Youth, Donate Today
A great BIG thank you to our many friends and benefactors
for helping BBBSMC raise almost $600,000 through our annual
Brighter Futures Campaign. Please consider helping us continue to create
more meaningful, strong and enduring mentor relationships for the kids of
Metro Chicago in 2017. You can make your gift today by clicking here.
On Saturday, December 3rd, we had our Annual Big & Little Holiday Party that brought nearly 700 people together at a snowy White Sox ballpark. Bigs and Littles enjoyed ballpark bites, decorated cookies, and let loose with Storytown improv workshops and music from Sound MVMT. Littles left with a gift card or gift to unwrap, and made cards with warm wishes for patients at Lurie Children's Hospital.
This year, we are projecting that 683 new Littles will get to meet their Big Brother or Sister and start a rewarding journey together through our Site Based Program. In total, we anticipate serving 1,328 children across 67 Site Based Programs - 10 percent growth from last year. These programs provide our Littles with many unique experiences: from stepping foot into a corporate environment, using new technology and learning life skills to find their potential.
BBBSMC is grateful to have the Chicago Bulls as active supporters of our agency, focused on sharing our commitment to youth and violence prevention in our city. As the Bulls took on the LA Lakers, BBBSMC was invited for an on-court ceremony to accept a $10,000 donation from Chicago Bulls Charities. These funds will help us grow our Site Based Program at the James R. Jordan Boys & Girls Club, a couple blocks away from the United Center.
As part of their investment in leading local youth-serving organizations,
Altria Group has generously awarded funding to BBBSMC in support of over
1,500 middle school and high school aged youth in
all of our mentoring programs, with a new grant towards our innovative Flex Mentoring Program. This grant
will help our agency establish four new Flex Mentoring Programs serving up to
100 additional high school students with an online mentoring curriculum
designed to promote graduation as well
as college and career readiness.
"Summer Chicago" Summer Photo by Arnold De Asis; 6th Slideshow Image Courtesy of Wyndham Rewards
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