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Big Brothers/Big Sister Essay

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Running Head: BB/BS Open Arms and Open Hearts: Big Brothers/Big Sisters Pamela Naughton Rucker Mrs. McKibbin EH 322-04 March 19, 2001 OUTLINE Thesis Statement: The Big Brother/Big Sisters program was designed to help children from single parent homes. The program matches children with positive adult role models.I. Beginning a. History-BB/BS began as early at the 1900's.b. Facts and statistics-Children in the program excel in various areas such as school and relationships with others.II. Role of a Big Brother or Big Sister a. Purpose-Our mentoring helps children from single parent homes.b. Experiences-Examples of a big's experiences with his or her little.III. Little Brother's and Little ...view middle of the document...

I also knew it would be a learning experience for me as well as my little. I heard about the program through my job at Wakefield's/Martin's department store. Two of my co-workers are volunteers. I called the outreach coordinator for Calhoun County, Sue Gajda, and she mailed me the packet of information. The biggest part of my research is from personal experience. I found a book and a Website on Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America. The Annsiton Star did an article on Big Brothers/Big Sister of Calhoun County. I was interviewed for this article as well as other volunteers.REPORT Big Brothers/Big Sisters dates back as early as the 1900's. "Big Sisters activity occurred as early as 1902, when a group of women in New York City, began befriending girls who came before the New York Children's Court" (Beiswinger, 1985, p.3). Big Brothers was also established during this time. Various cities and states began their own branches of Big Brothers/Big Sisters (BB/BS).During the early 1900's BB/BS was not a national federation. The program was strictly handled on a local level. "Big Brothers of America, BBA, was incorporated on December 24,1946" (Beiswinger, 1985, p. 113). It was not until August 3, 1970 that Big Sister was incorporated, and was called Big Sisters International (BSI). "Big Sister of America was not used because the initials BSA might be confused with Boy Scouts of America" (Beiswinger, 1985, p. 147). In 1976 the two groups merged to form Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America (BB/BSA). "BB/BS has 460 affiliated agencies" (Beiseinger, 1985, 205). BB/BS of Calhoun County is funded by the YMCA and the United Way, as are many of the other agencies. BB/BS has salary staff and a board of directors. The bigs and littles also have fundraisers each year to raise money for the organization. Some fundraisers that are done nationwide among all agencies are Bowl For Kids Sake, hole in one golf tournaments and formal dinners. These are all community help projects to raise money for the organization through participation and donations.In spite of how long BB/BS has been around not many people are aware of what the program does. Many volunteers get involved through other Big Brothers and Big Sisters. The importance of adult role models can be seen in the recent statistics from research funded by UPS. The study showed because these children from single parent homes had an adult role model: "64% of students developed more positive attitudes toward school; 58% achieved higher grades in social studies, language, and math; 60% improved relationships with adults; 56% improved relationships with peers and were better able to express their feelings; 64% developed higher levels of confidence; 62% were more likely to trust their teachers" (BB/BSA, 2001).These statistics of improvement are attributed to the success of BB/BS.The role of big's is very important. When someone makes the decision to be a volunteer he or she is taking on a big responsibility. A volunteer is a...

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