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Big Brothers Big Sisters

Have you ever had someone who brought a little magic into your world just by being there for you? Well that's what Big Brothers and Big Sisters do! They try to make a difference in your life by being a friend, mentor and positive role model. Find out what this organization is all about.

Big Brothers Big Sisters - A Little in Need

In 1904, a court clerk named Ernest Coulter saw thousands of kids who kept getting into trouble with the law - so he decided to do something about it. He gathered up 40 men to take on the role of a big brother to these troubled children, creating the organization that is now known as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBS). It's the oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the US, and it pairs volunteers (Bigs) with kids and teens (Littles) who need a caring adult and friend in their lives. Studies have shown that Big Brothers Big Sisters' one-to-one mentoring helps kids be more confident, get better grades in school and get along better with friends and family. BBBS currently helps more than 225,000 children, but hopes to serve one million by 2010!

Big Brothers Big Sisters - Mentoring Programs

BBBS offers two main programs for Bigs and Littles to spend time together.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters in Communities - Bigs and Littles hang out and do activities they both enjoy, such as attending sporting events and going out for ice cream.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters in Schools - Once a week, Bigs and Littles meet at school to have lunch together, play sports in the gym or read books in the library.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters - Get Involved!

    If you're looking for a fun friend, caring adult or great role model in your life, then sign up to be a Little! Big Brothers Big Sisters serves kids and teens aged 5-18 across the US, so you'll be paired with a Big in your city who best matches your personality and hobbies. For more info on this youth mentoring organization, head to the Big Brothers Big Sisters website.

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    Best Thing About Big Brothers and Sisters?

    • They're there for me when I have a problem.
    • They take me to fun places!
    • They help me out with school stuff.
    • They make great friends.

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    starfish111
    starfish111 posted in Friends:
    Hi I'm a 17 year old girl currently a junior in high school. I have Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, SBS, Autism and type 1 diabetes. I don't let these disabilities get in my way. Sometimes my anxiety is not controlled I try to fight. I hope no one discriminates me or judges me. Look past the disabilities and you will see who I really am. I love to do sports. If u want to know more about me shoot me a message.  
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    starfish111
    starfish111 posted in Friends:
    Wow sooo sad :(
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    PerksBeingABookworm
    Dear Dish-It:  I recently became friends with an upperclassman guy, Tom*, from my high school. We started hanging out about a month or so ago. To be honest, I thought the relationship was platonic: we've never flirted although we've bantered, I don't use flirty emojis with him and although I spend a lot of time with him, he has always said how much I remind him of my brother (who is the same age as me), and he's never stolen glances at me or given me the impression that he was into me that way. I rationalized that he saw me as a little sister the same way as I viewed him as an older brother, since he constantly made references to my brother and never attempted to flirt nor gave off any of the typical visual signals of attraction. I also don't see myself as someone who'd be attractive or crush-worthy from the perspective of a high school junior, since I'm a freshman in high school and definitely not modelesque, and we pretty much stuck to group outings. So when he asked me out 2 weeks ago, needless to say it came as a surprise. We decided to remain friends, but I'm having trouble establishing boundaries, especially since my sister informed me that one of his friends told her that Tom "wasn't going to give up on me" and that Tom was going to adhere to the "Three Strikes Rule": apparently, he can wait and ask me out 2 more times before giving up on pursuing me.  Dish-It, how do I remain friends with this guy without this becoming awkward? What do I do? Just this past weekend he wanted to s**pe call me and kept s.n.a.p.ch*tting me. I literally feigned accidentally sleeping in yesterday to avoid meeting up with him (he invited my siblings and I to go play tennis at our high school), and I haven't talked to him since Saturday (we do track together so it was kind of unavoidable). I need space, and I want to remain friends, but he's really making me feel uncomfortable.  Thanks, -Perks. P.S.: This is the second junior who has asked me out this year (and the second guy I've rejected). Maybe I'm just really naive and oblivious, but I genuinely don't see myself as attractive to guys...how do I stop accidentally leading them on? Because I'm not trying to, really-I'm not flirty or anything. I have no idea why they like me, I don't think I'm being overly nice and I'm not answering texts right away or anything. This guy didn't get my phone information from me, he got it from another person on our coed sports team and he originally texted me 2 months ago to tell me that he was worried about my brother so I didn't think he was making a move on me. *Names have been changed for privacy reasons. (Also: the chat filter keeps unnecessarily censoring my writing).
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    Shadeleaf
    Shadeleaf posted in Friends:
    I'm actually already being made fun of for my interests in Undertale. i kinda don't see how playing DnD can be that bad... it's fine. Thx .
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    Shadeleaf
    "al######ote: i am in love with a boy ..and planning to marry him ..  [s:p/zwq] [s:p/oaq] [s:p/1koh] [s:p/1jn8] [s:p/1jks] Congrats! just hope he doesn't abandon you like mine terrible attempts at a relationship. You may be even luckier than me :3
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