Being BIG

Real Life Mentoring Stories: Bigs in Blue Officer Seth Parker Makes a Difference

Posted by Rachel McLean on Aug 26, 2016 11:59:11 AM

Seth Parker first got involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay a little over a year ago. As a police officer, Seth often does patrols in the Roxbury and Dorchester areas, interacting with youth in the community while on duty. After talking to some of his friends who were Bigs, he decided to take his involvement a step further and become a Big Brother himself. Read on to hear about Seth's experiences with the program and how his role as a police officer impacts his mentorship.

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Topics: Bigs Littles Alumni, Mentoring Real Life Stories, How Mentoring Has an Impact, Add a Little, Bigs in Blue

Try Our Quiz: What Kind of Big Are You?

Posted by Rachel McLean on Aug 19, 2016 9:00:00 AM

What kind of Big are you? Take this quiz to find out what kind of Big you are and what activites you and your Little may enjoy! 

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Topics: Big Brothers Big Sisters Mass Bay, Volunteer Boston, Bigs Littles Alumni, Nonprofit & Mentoring Resources, Add a Little, Things to Do, Boston Activities, Become a Big

Meet Nick, Our Big of the Year!

Posted by Rachel McLean on Aug 12, 2016 9:49:13 AM

Meet Nick Sisler, our nominee for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America's Big of the Year! As a college freshman playing hockey at MIT, Nick made the decision to become a Big Brother to Evan. They bonded immediately over a mutual passion for ice hockey and pushed each other to go out of their comfort zones. Upon learning that Evan was diagnosed with a number of disabilities shortly after their match, the two of them grew closer as they worked together to overcome Evan's hardships. Read on to hear their inspiring story. 

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Topics: Big of the Year Boston, Little, Big

10 Easy Eats to Make with Your Little

Posted by Rachel McLean on Aug 5, 2016 5:43:07 PM

Cooking with your Little is the perfect way to bond over a tasty treat. You work together, creating something new from scratch, and (if everything goes as planned!) you get a yummy snack at the end. Tie on your apron and check out these fun ideas for treats and get cookin':

1. Make Your Own Pizza

If you and your Little are in the mood for something on the savory side, have fun with creating your own pizza. Spread some sauce and pile on as many toppings as you see fit; it's your culinary master piece! Still brushing up on your dough tossing skills? Grab a loaf of French bread or some bagels for your base

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Topics: Things to Do, Rainy Day Activities, Fun Food, Activities

A Big Day Shared with Littles- A Cape Wedding to Remember

Posted by Rachel McLean on Jul 29, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Becoming a Big is not just about mentorship, it's also about celebrating happy times and forming lifelong friendships. Stephanie and Evan Haussman first got involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands in 2014 while they were dating, and now, two years later, their Littles are a part of their family. Stephanie's Little, Tia, and Evan's Little, Danny, were recently the life of the party at the Bigs' recent wedding. Read more about these two incredible matches!

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Topics: Add a Little, About Mentors in Cape Cod, About Volunteering in Cape Cod, Little, Wedding, Cape Cod

5 Reasons Pokémon Masters Would Make Great Bigs

Posted by Nubian Meehan on Jul 22, 2016 2:16:51 PM

In case you've been living under a rock for the past two weeks, nostalgic millennials and newcomers alike have been hitting the streets in search of Pokémon. Yes, you read that correctly... Pokémon is back and all you need is a smartphone to get in on the action and start your journey to becoming a Pokémon Master!

Since it's launch, Pokémon Go has sent many former Pokémon stars back to their roots, revisiting old episodes of the anime series and trying desperately to locate their old GameBoy... including BBBSMB staffers! We've added Pokémon Go charging stations to our recruiting tables and have organized staff Pokémon outings during lunch. 

As we ran around the Boston Common, we couldn't help but think that many Pokémon Masters would make awesome Bigs. So for fun, we put together 5 reasons why the resurgence of Pokémon trainers will have a positive impact on future Bigs. After all, being a Big is all about having fun while making a difference right?  Take a read and hopefully you'll have as much fun as we did putting this together! Now GO- catch em' all!

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Topics: Big Brothers Big Sisters Mass Bay, Volunteer Boston, Bigs Littles Alumni, Mentor, Bigs Littles Families, Big Little bonding, Pokemon Go, Become a Big

A Mother's Perspective: This Chapter and The Next

Posted by Jenny Bautista on Jul 8, 2016 11:36:41 AM

Every year around this time we celebrate mentoring by honoring matches as they transition from our program to officially becoming Alumni at Match Graduation. For many matches, they've been together for years. This isn’t the end of their story, but more so the end of a chapter with many entering new and exciting stages in their lives.

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Topics: Mentoring Real Life Stories, For Families, Bigs Littles Families, Parent Testimonial

How Mentoring Can Have a Positive Impact on Your Career

Posted by Rachel McLean on Jul 1, 2016 11:00:00 AM

There are countless benefits to becoming a mentor. Aside from potentially gaining a lifelong friend and making a difference in a child's life, Bigs can also develop skills that make them standout employees. Time and time again we hear from many of our volunteers that their experiences have had a positive impact on their career and research seems to confirm this.

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Topics: Nonprofit & Mentoring Resources, Non-Profit Sector, Careers in Non-Profit Organizations

A Longtime Mentor Tries Coaching

Posted by Alexandra Hodgman on Jun 24, 2016 10:40:40 AM

This spring, our VP of Marketing and Community Engagement, Rich Greif, delved into some new territory. As a long time Big Brother and mentor, he decided to become a coach to his son's AAA minor league team. As we read about his experiences, from his hesitations at the beginning to his positive philosophy and fun, we couldn't help but notice that a lot of his observations as a coach correlated directly to mentoring. Even though it wasn't a formal mentoring program like BBBSMB, a lot of the same positive youth development concepts rang true. No doubt programs like BBBSMB had an influence on his experience and is something current Bigs and potential Bigs might find interesting!

Take a read and let us (and Rich) know your thoughts.

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Topics: Mentoring Real Life Stories, How Mentoring Has an Impact, Tips for mentors

7 Activities for New Matches

Posted by Kate Peterson on Jun 17, 2016 12:51:11 PM

Deciding what to do with your Little for your first outing can be difficult! We asked a couple of our Match Advocates what they suggest to new Bigs, and the 'big' takeaway was to keep things familiar, low key and comfortable so you can get to know eachother. Take a look at the list we comprised (thanks to Match Support!) and feel free to add any other ideas in the comment section below!

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Topics: Things to do in Boston, Tips for mentors, New Match, Activities

What Does "Being BIG" Mean?

“Being BIG” means caring for your community, starting new relationships, spending time with others, imparting wisdom, and committing to making a difference.  “Being BIG” is a mentality. It’s a map to becoming the role model and mentor you’ve always wanted to be; regardless of your involvement in the program...

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