Recruiting Volunteers! We are recruiting volunteers now to participate in Project Mentor, our school-based collaboration with Columbus City Schools. For more information on volunteering or getting your company or organization involved, please click here. To download a volunteer application to complete and mail in, please click here.
Hispanic Mentoring: Haga clic aqui para mas informacion en Espanol. We are recruiting bilingual volunteers to mentor children from Spanish-speaking families. Please contact Wendy Johnson at 614-839-2447, ext. 216 to volunteer!
The Mentoring Center of Central Ohio: Our Mentoring Center partners with 35 different mentoring organizations to increase the quality and quantity of mentoring in Ohio. To donate or learn more, please click here. Like us on Facebook!
A Brand-New Partner: The Ohio Machine!The Ohio Machine Foundation hosted its first Laughs For Lax fundraiser dinner on Tuesday, April 7 at La Scala Italian Bistro in Dublin. The night benefited the Ohio Machine Foundation and our agency's Littles! Thanks, Ohio Machine! The Ohio Machine is Ohio's own Major League Lacrosse team, and games are played at Ohio Wesleyan University's Selby Stadium in Delaware.
Taste of Class for Kids was lots of fun! On April 18, we held our 32nd Taste of Class for Kids, and presented our 4th annual "Our Littles Got BIG Talent" showcase to guests. WBNS-10TV's Kristyn Hartman emceed our black-tie gala, which was presented by Champion Real Estate, Nationwide and the Romanoff Group.
Bowl for Kids' Sake: It's Not Too Late to Support Your Favorite Bowler!The all-day Bowl for Kids' Sake party on March 7 was a big success! There's still time to support your favorite bowler in our largest fundraising event of the year...just visit here. Our Delaware County office Bowl for Kids' Sake was also on March 7 - to support a Delaware bowler, please click here.
Our Union County office's friends bowled on April 18. To support a Union County bowler, please click here.
Adult Education at Camp Oty'Okwa: Did you know we partner with Ashland University to offer Adult Education courses at our Camp Oty'Okwa? Courses carry 15 contact hours or 1 semester hour of graduate credit. For course descriptions, schedule and registration forms, please click here.
View Our 2014 Annual Report: Click here for our 2014 Annual Report.
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WELCOME TO BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF CENTRAL OHIO!
Kids facing adversity in their lives need the motivation to take on new challenges, the resilience to turn adversity into strength, and the grit to persevere. Without these character strengths as a foundation, they may not attain graduation and post-secondary career and academic success. By partnering with parents/caregivers, schools, businesses and community organizations, and, of course, volunteers from our community, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio helps kids facing adversity in our commuity achieve success. And since 1933, we have made the difference in the lives of over 100,000 kids!
Our network of offices serves kids in 14 Ohio counties! Our main office is in Columbus, and last year it served 2,600 kids in one-to-one mentoring relationships plus more than 4,800 at our Camp Oty'Okwa in the Hocking Hills. To learn about the local offices in our network, please click below:
UNITED WAY VIDEO FEATURES LITTLE BROTHER
United Way of Central Ohio's inspiring new campaign video features our Little Brother Tiwuan and his Big Brother Andrei Terpylak. Take a look at the video that shows how your support of United Way of Central Ohio and its member agencies like us transforms lives!
Update: Tiwuan Atchley and Claudia Owusu were the two students selected by I Know I Can to attend Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Summit in Washington, DC, and both have participated in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs! Tiwuan was a Little Brother, and Claudia participated in our Chase Leadership Academy program. Claudia plans to attend Otterbein University and Tiwuan will be starting at Wittenberg University this fall. They were among only 130 students from around the country to attend the Summit. They had a chance to hear from both President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in person! We are so proud of Tiwuan and Claudia -- they represented I Know I Can, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and central Ohio very well.
NOW IS THE TIME TO JOIN PROJECT MENTOR!
Project Mentor is our collaboration with Columbus City Schools. Mentors come from over 80 businesses, governmen organizations, communitygroups, faith-based organizations and the community at large. After volunteers are matched with a student, they meet up with their Mentee at school for about an hour on the same day every week. Our staff provides activities designed to strengthen the relationship and encourage conversation around topics such as education/academics, financial literacy, getting along with peers, decision making, conflict resolution, leadership/personal development, goal setting, situationally-appropriate behavior, and plans for the future. For more information about volunteering or getting your company or organization involved, please click here.
One of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio's important programs is called Amachi Ohio, and through it, we serve some of our most vulnerable kids, those who have an incarcerated parent. We are seeking volunteers to match with our Amachi kids. If you would like to volunteer, or you know a child who could benefit, please contact us at (614) 839-2447.
A mentor can make a big difference in a child's life. Meet our amazing Alumni Little Sister, Kanisha, who participated in our program along with her Big Sister Jacci Maxstead.
BIG SISTER KATIE BROSMER REPRESENTS STATE AS OHIO BIG SISTER OF THE YEAR
We are fortunate to be part of such a caring community, and we congratulate all of the 2015 Corporate Caring Award honorees! Special congratulations to our partners: White Castle System, Inc. (Benefactor of the Year), Safelite Auto Glass (Honoree in the Large Company Division); Champion Real Estate (Honoree in the Small Company Division) and Rockbridge (Honoree in the Small Compan Division). Thanks for all you do to make central Ohio a better place!
10TV INTERVIEWS OUR MATCH
One of our mentoring matches, Big Brother Roger Madison and Little Brother Dyonmarte, were interviewed by 10TV as part of United Way of Central Ohio's Unite to Fight Poverty campaign! Click here to view the inspirational segment that ran on 10TV!
OUR 2014 SPOTLIGHTED MATCHES STOLE THE SHOW
At our 2014 Annual Meeting on November 6, our 2014 Spotlighted Matches told their inspiring stories. In case you were unable to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting, here is your chance to see our Spotlighted Matches in action!
And here is our Alumni Little Brother telling his story:
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THINK SUMMER - THINK CAMP OTY'OKWA
Please take 4 minutes to view this inspiring video of kids at our Camp Oty'Okwa and learn how you can help make these life-changing experiences available for more kids!
Click here to view and download a pdf of the our webinar presentation designed to help volunteers better understand their Menee's family dynamics.
Click here to view and download a pdf of our caregiver's guide, called Strengthening Bonds and Creating Connections. It includes answers to difficult questions children ask about their incarcerated loved one. Published by Big Brothers Big Sisters Amachi Ohio and The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, this booklet is very useful for Caregivers and Mentors of children whose parents are incarcerated.
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