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Volunteer of the Month: Wesley Kavelaris

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County is pleased to honor Big Brother Wesley as our Volunteer of the Month. Wesley has been matched with Little Brother Calio for seven months, and they connected right from the start. Wesley and Calio enjoy staying active; they are particularly fond of sledding, playing sports at the park, riding bikes, and checking out…
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Why Mentor?

People become a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters for a variety of reasons, but some of the most common reasons include: Making a difference in a child's life: Many people become Big Brothers or Big Sisters because they want to positively impact a child's life. By becoming a mentor, they can provide guidance, support, and friendship to a child…
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Volunteer of the Month: Mette Anderson

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County is pleased to recognize Big Sister Mette Anderson as the Volunteer of the Month for March 2023. March marks the two year anniversary of Mette and Little Sister Vanayah’s match. These two enjoy trying many new things together like horseback riding, ice skating, and trying foreign cuisines. Mette has also been helping Vanayah…
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Black History Month Staff Spotlight: Tracy Anderson

Who is a Black person in your own personal life that influenced or shaped your career/life or that particularly resonates with you?  My father is my role model in every area of my life. He grew up in Belzoni, Mississippi, on a plantation picking cotton. Growing up, he was taken out of school his entire childhood to pick cotton from sun up…
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Volunteer of the Month: William Gagliardi

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County is pleased to honor Big Brother William Gagliardi as our February 2023 Volunteer of the Month. William became a Big because he wanted to try something new that not only challenged himself but helped other people out at the same time. Growing up, he didn't know about Big Brothers and Big Sisters, but…
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Black History Month Staff Spotlight: Tiyanna Boyd

How would you reflect on your experience growing up with your identity and what does Black History Month mean to you? To be honest, I’ve struggled with my identity my whole life as someone who is white-passing.  I felt insecure as an elementary student listening to people call me "miss piggy" while making oinking noises and pressing their noses upward.…
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Short Video: Time Commitment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyjnOWbPgcU
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Short Video: Driver’s Licenses

https://youtu.be/RCKgd7dxQkw
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The Father He Never Had

When Little Brother Zack and Big Brother Charlie started their story in 1998, they didn’t expect to still be going 24 years later. Here’s Zack, now 34, sharing a few chapters from their story: Charlie came along when I was 10 years old. I assume that our relationship began like any other Match; he took me to the occasional movie,…
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Hispanic Heritage Month: Bethany Ordaz

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month Community Engagement & Events Manager, Bethany Ordaz, shared her experiences as a Mexican American. What is your ethnic background? I am Mexican American and consider myself Latina. My father was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States with his family when he was four. Our family also lived in Santiago, Chile…
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