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2019 BIGS OF THE YEAR

BIG SISTER PORSHA DAVIS Big Sister Porsha and Little Sister Renajah at Big Brothers Big Sisters Dream BIG Gala, July 2018. Mentoring can have a ripple effect--this is especially true with our 2019 Big of the Year. Porsha Davis was a "Little" in the early 2000's and returned the favor as soon as she was eligible to become a mentor…
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Celebrating National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month, and we're celebrating those who are already volunteering as mentors, “Bigs”, and also recruiting volunteers. Every January, the news is full of the same stories: people are trying to eat more healthfully, hit the gym more often. This year, we're changing that story and asking: What if this year, you could resolve to something more…
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JaRon’s Story

MEET MARY BETH AND JARON Mary Beth always had a passion for helping and working with youth, which is why she decided to become a Big Sister several years ago. Little did she know that her experience as a Big Sister would turn out to make a lasting impact not only on her Little Brother, but on herself and her…
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Congratulations to Our Bigs of the Year

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County has 600+ mentors in out program that invest in their Little by giving them time. We honor all 600+ mentors and the invisible work they do in our community each and every day. Thank you for giving BIG by being a Big! Big Brother of the Year - Gunnar Reichenberger Gunnar and his…
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Porsha’s Story

MEET PORSHA & RENAJAH Porsha's mom was a single mother, who worked hard and was focused on providing each day, but was still struggling to make ends meet. However, when Porsha was 11 years old, her mother recognized that Porsha needed another adult in her life. In 2003, Porsha was matched with Big Sister Sara. Sara provided Porsha with new…
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Aden’s Story

Meet Kevin & Aden When Big Brother Kevin was young, his grandfather and uncles were strong male role models. He watched and learned from them. Their influence inspired Kevin to become a mentor - first in his home state of Michigan and again in Wisconsin. Kevin decided to become a Big Brother through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County,…
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2017 Annual Report

Last year, we launched a new plan to increase our capacity to match more Littles…
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8 Ways to Keep your Child or Little Engaged

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County takes pride in preparing mentors to have a “Big” impact on the children they mentor. Now that children are out of school for the summer, many of us, whether we’re parents, caretakers, aunts and uncles or simply someone with influence over a child, have a great opportunity to keep the kids we love…
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From Homework Help to Home Science Experiments

When Big Sister Gretchen first met Little Sister Brianna, she met a shy, smart, curious girl who often got into trouble. Brianna got upset quickly, threw fits, and fought with other kids. Spending time at school and eventually outside of school with Big Sister Gretchen was a big help, and Brianna began to gain confidence and focus.
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Learning to Take Pride in Who You Are

When Little Brother Brandon was struggling with his identity and realizing he was gay, he wanted to tell his Big Brother Emilio. He was scared at first, but he says Emilio simply accepted him. “From my perspective, that’s my job as a Big Brother, just to listen and be supportive,” Emilio says.
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