Education & Enrichment Programs Help Little Dreams Go Big.

Being a Little Brother or Little Sister opens all sorts of new possibilities for a child’s future. The Education & Enrichment team helps Littles dream big, and then provides support to turn those big dreams into bright futures.

By the time they are high school seniors, Littles are already significantly more likely to graduate than their non-mentored peers. They have better relationships with their family and peers, and they are less likely to engage in risky behavior.

But what comes next? How do you score well on the ACT, choose a college, apply for scholarships or enter the workforce? What does it take to become an engineer or graphic designer, produce a hit record, or start your own business?

Our dynamic Education & Enrichment team helps Littles ages 12+ explore post-secondary options.  A year-round calendar of field trips, workshops and activities introduce teens to college access, workforce readiness and healthy lifestyle topics. Individually tailored, one-to-one assistance helps Littles successfully learn about their options and pursue their dreams.

Visit the Bigs Page to register for current Education & Enrichment events and activities. We can’t wait to see you soon!

To learn more, contact Jenny Javitch, Director of Education and Enrichment, at 651-789-2445 or jjavitch@bigstwincities.org.

College Access

We’re here to help each Little Brother and Little Sister — and also High School Bigs — navigate their pathway to success. Our college access services are tailored to each individual’s needs and interests, and include:

• Researching colleges and submitting applications
• Finding scholarship and financial aid options
• ACT and Accuplacer preparations
• College Club: a year-long series of workshops and campus tours that introduce high school Littles, their Bigs and parents/guardians to area schools and guide them through the enrollment process. Recent campus tours have included Gustavus Adolphus College, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, North Hennepin Community College, St. Olaf College and others.

For one-to-one, hands-on help, contact Mae Kindler, College Access Coordinator, at 651-789-2446 or mkindler@bigstwincities.org. Parents/guardians and Bigs are welcome!

Workforce Readiness

Learning about possible career paths can be the start of a promising future for a young person. The Workforce Readiness team helps Littles in grades 6-12 match their interests — from music to math, animals to architecture, and science to sales — to real-world job opportunities.

Career exploration activities give younger matches a jump-start in thinking about future careers:

• Monthly tours of local businesses
• Individual interest assessments
• Connections to summer enrichment programming

Activities geared for older matches (ages 15+) link directly to real-world workforce needs:

• Practical employment skills workshops
• Individual career counseling and referrals
• Connections to jobs and internships

For more information about Workforce Readiness or to schedule an individual counseling session for your match, contact Matt Roen, Career Coordinator, at 651-789-2419 or mroen@bigstwincities.org.

Leadership & Healthy Lifestyles

Big Brothers Big Sisters helps Littles make healthy decisions that lay the foundation for future success. Our Leadership & Healthy Lifestyles program is a year-round series of engaging activities designed to enhance:

• Leadership development and positive decision-making
• Adult-child communication
• Accurate adolescent sexual health knowledge

To learn more, contact Maypahou Ly, Teen Program Coordinator, at 651-789-2412 or mly@bigstwincities.org.

Federated Challenge Scholarship

Big Brothers Big Sisters offers the Federated Challenge Scholarship exclusively for Littles and High School Bigs. Recipients will receive up to $5,000 annually to use toward tuition, books and other educational expenses to pursue an apprenticeship, certificate or associate’s degree. Semi-annual deadlines are October 1 and May 1.

Contact Monica Billy, College and Career Retention Associate, at 651-354-0424 or mbilly@bigstwincities.org with questions or click here for more information or to apply.