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Big Brothers Big Sisters awarded “Doyle Award for Nonprofit Excellence”

The Sun Sentinel, in partnership with The Doyle Foundation, awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward the Doyle Award for Nonprofit Excellence....

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Receives $188,000

Commemorating what would have been automotive pioneer and philanthropist Jim Moran’s 94th birthday on August 8th, The Jim Moran Foundation awarded two grants for $94,000 each to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida. The funding will benefit Bigs in Schools, a program that matches caring adult mentors with youth (ages 6-18) to improve their academics and opportunities for long-term success....

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New Data Shows Mentoring as a Proven Tool to Help Combat Challenges for Disconnected Youth

The second annual National Mentoring Summit, hosted by MENTOR, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Harvard School of Public Health, The Office of Juvenile and Justice Prevention and United Way Worldwide, on January 24, provided the backdrop for outstanding data linking mentoring to positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth who face adversity....

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United Way and Big Brothers Big Sisters Partnership Improves Educational Success Rate for High-Risk Elementary and Middle School Youth

United Way Worldwide and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America have created a partnership to expand evidence-based, one-to-one mentoring programs for elementary and middle school youth in America’s highest-risk schools and neighborhoods....

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December 2011 Vision Event Stories

The Tenacios moved to the US in hopes of finding better medical assistance for their daughter, Lily, who has cerebral palsy. In that process, they realized their son, Emilio, was being left out of many normal things that a child should experience and deserves. Lily couldn't handle loud noises, a lot of lights or being in certain natural elements. As they called around for different services, they were turned away because they didn't always qualify. When they called Big Brothers Big Sisters, it was evident that Emilio was the right fit for the program. ...

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Hundreds Gather to “Dance All Night” and Raise Funds for Youth Mentorship

On Saturday, October 15, more than 400 people celebrated 38 years of mentoring success with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County at the annual Déjà Vu Ball, the organization’s largest fundraiser. This year was another success, as more than $200,000 was contributed to support the programs and services for the children enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters. The retro costume party took over the Bahia Mar Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, was produced by Sixth Star Entertainment & Marketing and hosted by chairs Monica Correll and Ginny Miller....

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South Florida Youth Advocates Honored by Big Brothers Big Sisters at Déjà Vu “Dance All Night” Celebration and Fundraiser

On Saturday, October 15, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County will host its annual Déjà Vu fundraiser at the Bahia Mar Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale. Guests will be brought back in time to the birth of rock ‘n’ roll and the pop culture explosion and relive the spectacular sights and sounds of the 1950s-1970s. Festivities will include live entertainment from Sixth Star Entertainment & Marketing, cocktails, a silent auction, dinner and dancing from 6:00 p.m. to midnight....

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Big Brother Dale Long interviewed on NBC Nightly News

Dale Long spoke with NBC Nightly News' Ron Mott about making a difference in the lives of young men through his decades-long commitment to Big Brothers Big Sisters. For almost 40 years, Dale has been a Big Brother. The former ‘Big Brother of the Year’ has mentored seven Little Brothers in that span of time....

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A Cut Above the Rest – Publix Chefs Teach New Skills to Top Volunteers

This past weekend, a very special group of adults, teens and children gathered by special invitation to participate in a chef-led cooking class. The guests represented Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County’s “Big of the Year” nominees. The superlative volunteers and their Little Brothers and Little Sisters learned tricks of the trade from three Publix Apron’s Cooking School chefs. A dozen participants worked together to prepare a full meal – appetizer, entrée and dessert – and learned about nutrition and kid-friendly cooking techniques....

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Help Broward Youth Stay on the Path to Academic Success

For the price of one lunch, you can help a child for an entire year. Beginning July 1, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County will be collecting new backpacks and school supplies for the children in its programs. This year marks a decade since the agency began its annual campaign. The goal is to provide 400 elementary, middle and high school children with a backpack and age-appropriate supplies....

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High School Bigs Class of 2011 Graduate!

BBBS of Broward Honors and Recognizes Teen Mentors. A BIG Congratulations to our High School Bigs! Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County is proud to honor and recognize the 97 high school seniors who volunteer as mentors to elementary school students in our school-based program. These peer counselors, student government leaders, AP and Honors students have been volunteering for as many as three years. This year, they will graduate high school and head off to pursue college degrees. We thank you for being leaders in your community and helping children to improve in school and at home. Best of luck, Class of 2011!...

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National Bring Your Little to Work Day: January 13, 2011

Big Brothers Big Sisters is designating Jan. 13, 2011 “National Bring Your Little to Work Day” (BYLTW Day). Coinciding with National Mentoring Month, the special day will raise awareness for Start Something™, a national initiative inviting all adults – not just potential volunteers -- to support quality one-to-one mentoring to help children who face adversity beat the odds....

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Nation’s Largest Mentoring Network Urges Americans to Start Something™ to Help Kids Succeed in, out of the Classroom

This January, as part of National Mentoring Month, Big Brothers Big Sisters launches Start Something™, a national initiative inviting all adults – not just volunteers -- to support quality mentoring to help children who face adversity beat the odds. The nation’s leader in quality one-to-one youth mentoring services, Big Brothers Big Sisters holds itself accountable for and is able to measure specific youth outcomes -- educational achievement, avoidance of risky behaviors (especially juvenile delinquency), higher self-esteem, confidence and ability to relate to others. Start Something challenges Americans to visit BigBrothersBigSisters.org to get involved by donating, sharing mentoring success stories or volunteering. Increased funding will allow Big Brothers Big Sisters to carefully make more mentoring matches and provide ongoing assistance for mentors, mentees and families to help sustain long successful relationships unique to its programs....

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Subaru of Pembroke Pines Holiday Toy Collection Benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County

This holiday season, it only takes a little to give big. The Craig Zinn Automotive Group encourages the public to share the love by donating toys to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County as part of the ‘Stuff a Trunk’ holiday toy drive campaign. New and unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the all-new Subaru of Pembroke Pines during regular dealership hours now through December 12, 2010....

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Macy’s Thanks For Sharing

Join us as we lend support to Macy's 2010 Thanks For Sharing Program, which benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters and more charitable causes. As one of our valued supporters, your enrollment can inspire change. Macy's Thanks For Sharing Program has helped raise more than $65 million for charitable causes in just seven years. Imagine what we can accomplish for the future with your participation....

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Holiday Deals at Neiman Marcus also Share Holiday Cheer with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Neiman Marcus customers will enjoy the opportunity to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County and children in the Fort Lauderdale area with a great holiday deal. From December 7th to December 10th, the retailer will hold its InCircle Event, giving customers a $50 Neiman Marcus gift card in exchange for a $25 donation to their local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency....

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100 Women in Hedge Funds 2010 New York Gala

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County is one of 16 of the national mentoring organization’s nearly 400 mentoring agencies chosen to receive support from 100 Women in Hedge Funds to build its workplace mentoring programs. Programs such as Beyond School Wallssm, which was pioneered at Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania, match and support mentors and mentees through workplace partnerships and provide opportunities for Big Brothers Big Sisters to expand its reach to more children and volunteers....

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Get the Facts:
Big Brothers Big Sisters Fact Sheet

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters live in single-parent and low-income families, or households where a parent is incarcerated. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”). Providing a system of ongoing evaluation and support, Big Brothers Big Sisters is proven by independent studies to help families by improving the odds that Littles will perform better in school and avoid violence and illegal activities, and have stronger relationships with their parents and others. Headquartered in Philadelphia with a network of nearly 400 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves a quarter million children annually.