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Reopening Our Volunteer Recruitment Efforts

By President & CEO, Denise Barkhurst When we reopen our offices on June 8th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas will have been closed for 85 days. That’s nearly a quarter of the year! A quarter of the year that we have been unable to provide over half of our services.  We are excited to … Continued

Join Our Summer Reading Challenge!

Summer reading logs are due August 8! Be sure to submit your summer reading logs to Kara at kwiller@bigmentor.org in order to be included in this year’s drawing. Winners of the summer reading challenge will be announced on 8/12 at 12pm on our Facebook Live. Winners will also be notified by Kara by phone or … Continued

Operation: Big Mentor

We’re on a mission to recruit 100 mentors over 100 days of summer Big Brothers Big Sisters exists to change lives of disadvantaged youth by providing one-to-one mentoring relationships. Whether it is a child lacking mentors or a positive role model, or challenges that come with being a single parent or deployed family, we believe … Continued

Parents’ Guide to Coping with Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Being a parent or caretaker comes with an extra set of challenges in times of a crisis. Thankfully there are sources devoted to providing useful information to make coping with these uncertain times a little bit easier. If you are in need of ideas to overcome the worry and stress onset by the Coronavirus, this … Continued

Games That You Can Play With Your Little Over the Phone or Online

Social distancing doesn’t have to mean a boring meet-up! Try these fun ideas next time you spend time with your Little over the phone or virtually. Play “Would you rather?” This is a simple phone-based game that requires no set-up. Simply take turns thinking of would-you-rather questions and answering them. Would you rather become five … Continued

Discussing Corona, How to Answer Questions From Your Little

Discuss Corona with your Little? Don’t avoid the subject Children are hearing a tremendous amount. They’re hearing big words that they’ve never heard before. For younger children that may just start with demystifying terms, like answering “what is coronavirus?” The answer: “It’s a really big word but it’s a fancy word for what we normally … Continued

BBBS Updates on | COVID-19

Updated Thursday, January 21 Visitors, clients and volunteers at home visits Visitors are only coming to the office by appointment only. Match Intros and Parent/Child Interviews are also only done by appointment.  When these appointments are scheduled, the pre-screening questions and mask requirement are sent to all participants.  Follow up on whether that pre-screening has occurred … Continued

A Memo from Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas on COVID-19

March 12, 2020 MEMO from the Staff and Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas Dear Volunteers, Families and Friends, As we all learn and understand more about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), here is some guidance on navigating your match during this time: Bigs and Littles/ Mentors and Mentees in our Community-Based Mentoring … Continued

The Mentoring Movement

Become a part of our movement Big Brothers Big Sisters has launched a new recruitment campaign called The MENtoring Movement. Over a 90-day period, our goal is to recruit 90 male mentors to become volunteer mentors (Bigs) to children on our waitlist. The campaign kicked-off on New Year’s Day and will conclude on March 31, … Continued

Our Mentoring Programs

Becoming a mentor is a fun, life-changing experience!  We call our mentors Big brothers and Big Sisters. Bigs & Littles embark on new adventures, leading to strong bonds and life-enriching experiences for both. When you become a Big, you are positively influencing the trajectory of a child’s life. Community-Based Mentoring Community-based mentoring is the traditional … Continued