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Growing in Northwest Indiana
Thanks to the support of a mix of local organizations,
businesses and foundations in Northwest Indiana, BBBSMC will be expanding its
programs to provide more mentors for Lake County youth. On February 1st,
Outback Steakhouse in Merrillville welcomed BBBSMC as a
charitable partner in its Opening Day celebrations. Our partnerships with the
Legacy Foundation, Purdue Northwest and the Mayor of Whiting have helped us recruit and enroll more Bigs for Littles waiting to be matched. To become a NWI
Big, contact Paul Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year we are looking to host 15 different Bowl for Kids’
Sake (BFKS) events with 15 different organizations and corporations. We expect
to have over 1,500 participants bowling for BBBSChi and have set a goal to raise
over $315,000 for the agency. Click 'more' to learn how to get your organization involved in helping us make more matches!
As part of Mayor
Emanuel’s Mentoring Initiative, BBBSMC was recently awarded funding from the City
of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) to expand our
Community Based program. This additional funding will be targeted to serve
30 8th-10th grade boys in 10 of Chicago’s most at-risk
neighborhoods. We hope you
will help us find Bigs for the Littles that need to find them.
On January 26, we culminated National Mentoring Month with a celebration for our many Bigs that make a difference each day for kids across Metro Chicago. It was a wonderful opportunity for our Bigs to meet and share their experiences together. A special thanks to Jaks Tap and Lagunitas for helping us treat our mentors. Click 'more' to view photos from the event.
On Saturday January 14th, BBBSMC held an
interactive workshop for our matches at Bit Space, incorporating Science,
Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math to create a
project our Littles could call their own. Click more
to see our next generation of inventors and entrepreneurs – and hear from one
of the entrepreneurs behind Bit Space!
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.
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.
"Summer Chicago" Summer Photo by Arnold De Asis; 6th Slideshow Image Courtesy of Wyndham Rewards
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