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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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    drowning posted in Friends:
    Did something happen between you two in the past? If so, I feel like she might have some unresolved issues with you that you need to discuss with her. And, time doesn't always mean a lot. I've gotten closer to someone before compared to someone whom I had known for 8 years.
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    country_girl19 posted in Friends:
    Dear Dish-it,                          Me and my friend just started talking again, and it seems like she regrets it. She'll leave me for the people she has only known for a couple of months, when I've been friends with her for a year. Also, she gets annoyed with me, and I don't know what to do.
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    drowning
    drowning posted in Family Issues:
    I'll be honest, I don't think that it's very fair that you're placing so much blame on your mother. Cancer is very hard to heal in any animal or person. She may of been able to help one spot, but that doesn't mean that she was going to be able to heal the rest. There's a slim chance that they could of made it through, but it's probably for the best that she put him down. Cancer is a painful thing to go through for dogs and humans alike. It would of been worse to push it. As for the depression, I understand where you're coming from with it. It's a difficult thing to go through and it makes things hard to do. I've struggled with things in the past and sometimes still do, so take my word on this: Eat. What. You. Can. Don't starve yourself. Don't binge. Don't do anything. Keep eating. Your health matters too. You need to find things to do, like hobbies (drawing, reading, writing, ect.) and spend time with friends when you can. At least talk to your friends, don't push them away. They're there for you, even when they might not know how to be. Don't be ashamed to cry, it's perfectly fine too. It's a better alternative of getting things out than a lot of things you could be doing. Do not, under any circumstances, start cutting. Take it from someone who's dealt with it on a personal level in several ways, do not start it. It is not something you "won't get addicted too" and it will not be a "one time thing." Do not try it. Do not start it. Do not try to find "softer" alternatives to cutting. Self-harm is not a fixer, it does not help anything. It isn't something to be ashamed of. It's a personal issue along with mental illness. But it is a very big deal. "And to go and kill him like that instead of getting him help?" There isn't always a place to help. Sometimes it won't do the things we wish it would.
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    RavenClawRaina
    My dog, Loki, was old and had cancer. He was 14. My mom healed one of his cancer spots but not even a month later, she put him down. He had life in him. He played like a puppy. If she healed one spot, why couldnt she heal the rest? He could have lived right? He was like my little brother, I loved him like one. He was family. Every since he passed, Ive been depressed. Losing weight and not wanting to go out and hangout with friends. Me and my mom get into fights more. At some points, I hate her for what she did. I dont dare tell anyone about my depression and I cry every night until 3:30 am. I have considered cutting but I dont want anyone to judge me. Im not going to but I just want someone to understand what his loss did to my heart. Ive had him since i was a baby. He was my best friend. And to go and kill him like that instead of getting him help? I was mad. Can anyone relate? Can someone help me? ( im not going to a therapist btw ) UGH WHAT DO I DO?!  
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    Pokemonlegends05
    Sometimes Video Games can Cheer you up as well. Happy, Vibrant Games: New Super Mario Bros. U Pokemon Shuffle Any of the Mario Party games. Minecraft Super Mario 3d world (Wow, a ton of Mario games :p) Jak and Daxter Super Mario 64 These are useful for making this :e into this  =(
    reply 6 days