Mar'Queies: "Now It's My Turn"
"There are so many ways that having a college degree would help me reach my goals, but the biggest would be to make my mother proud — she is my life. I was born when she was just a senior in high school. Even as a brand new mother, she pursued college to become a nurse. Unfortunately, she didn't get many scholarship opportunities, and she was forced to drop out to care for me. When I was ten years old, my mother went back to college to finish what she had started, and seeing her work so hard inspired me to do great things in my life.Full Article
Discussing Racial Injustice with Our Littles
Gene Willis is Co-Chair of the BBBSKC DEI Board and was the 2014 Kansas City Big Brother of the Year. On the early morning of July 7, 2016, I wrote the following post on my social media platforms following the news of the shooting and death of Philando Castile, a Black male school worker, at the hands of a Minnesota police officer:Full Article
BBBSKC Statement on Racism and Injustice
The mission of BBBS is to ignite, empower, and defend potential in our youth through powerful 1-to-1 relationships. We hurt when we see racism and injustice. Our Black staff, Bigs, Littles, families and supporters are among those hurting the most. When we see these community members unjustly suffering as the victims of inequality and violence, we suffer with them.Full Article
An Update on our Summer Events!
Greetings from BBBSKC! We hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy. We want to give you a quick update on what is happening at BBBSKC, as well as offer you one way you can be a huge help to our Littles! BBBSKC typically raises $1.8 million of our annual operating budget each summer through our special events. Fundraising events have been one of the keys to our success and have helped us support hundreds and hundreds of Matches in the KC community over the past 10 years.Full Article
An Update for Bigs, Littles, and Families (Effective June 1)
We have been inspired by all that you are doing to stay connected to your Match as we navigate these unprecedented times. Although many of you have found ways to meet virtually, we recognize that as restrictions are loosening across Missouri and Kansas, many Matches are looking forward to meeting in person. Effective June 1, 2020, if all parties agree they are comfortable, BBBSKC will allow in-person meetings, provided they follow the recommended guidelines listed below.Full Article