A Year in Review: 2016
Big Brothers Big Sisters has a bit of an obsession with numbers. We count, measure, and analyze any and every aspect of our organization to improve operational efficiency, measure program impact, refine fundraising approaches, evaluate web traffic, and ensure that we squeeze every last ounce of impact out of every last resource available to us. In short, BBBSKC loves metrics the same way that Royals All-Star (and great friend of BBBS) Eric Hosmer loves hanging curveballs on the inner half of the plate.Full Article
How BBBSKC Ambassadors are Making a Difference
Over the past 51 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City has had the privilege to work with some of Kansas City’s best and brightest through our Board of Directors. Through board involvement, these individuals have steered the course and ensured the continued success of BBBSKC’s mission to create life-changing friendships. When board membership ends, these loyal supporters have often said “what next?” It is in that idea that our Board Ambassador group was born.Full Article
The 11th Annual Most Wanted Auction - Oh What a Night!
On December 3rd, 2016 at The Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland a little bit of history was made for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City and a lot of fun was had by the 750 attendees of the 11th Annual Most Wanted Auction. This unique event brought together the 2016 KC’s Most Wanted Honoree Class, made up of 37 individuals who truly are change makers in their communities and professional arenas.Full Article
How Companies Are Making an Impact on Big Brothers Big Sisters
Do you know who your company supports? Or did you ever hear about how your company bought a table at an event supporting a charity that you love and you didn’t have a clue about it? Of course you have! One of the biggest problems with corporate sponsorships is that no knows about them except for the people who are participating.Full Article
Why mentoring is the BEST investment you can make!
So it sounds too simple to be effective, right? Everyone has mentors throughout their life but are they really life-changing? Well think of someone in your life that has helped steer you in the right path. This could be your parents who encouraged you to follow your dreams or someone that you looked up to who shaped what career field you decided to peruse.Full Article
BBBSKC's ACES program helps prepare Littles for college and career success
Big Brothers Big Sisters understands that mentorship is key in supporting the future success of our youth. A mentor can have a tremendous impact in supporting the post-secondary journey. As a community, we have a responsibility to ensure that our students are life ready which encompasses college and career readiness. Although college may not be the best fit for everyone, students should be encouraged to become college and career ready because it also prepares them for the workforce.Full Article
Reflections from a Case Manager
It takes me back to the time I sat at my desk with the exciting and so important task of finding the “just right” child for a volunteer to mentor. It takes me back to a mother’s excited reaction when I get to tell her that I’ve found a Big Brother or Big Sister for her child. It takes me back to pulling my car up to a child’s home to find that child waiting at the door or peeking out of the front window on the day of their match meeting.Full Article
Girls on the Rise
College visits are an important step in the college search process, according to Christie Garton, founder of the 1,000 Dreams Fund. The chance to get a sense of the campus culture helps ensures that students end up at a place where they will thrive rather than wanting to drop out or transfer. However, at an average cost of $1,000-3,000 to visit schools, college visits can be cost prohibitive for many students.Full Article