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 Teen Programming, at 651-789-2445 or jjavitch@bigstwincities.org.

College Access and Success

We’re here to help each Little Brother and Little Sister — and also High School Bigs — navigate their pathway to success. Our college access and success 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 preparation
• Workshops and campus tours that introduce high school Littles, their Bigs and parents/guardians to area schools and guide them through the enrollment process

Actively matched Littles in grades 11-12 will be directed to meet with Mae Kindler, Teen Program Coordinator, or Monica Billy, Senior Teen Program Coordinator, for one-to-one, hands-on help. Parents/guardians and Bigs are welcome to attend these meetings as well!

Littles in grades 9-10 are encouraged to connect with Mae for college planning assistance, and Alumni Littles are encouraged to connect with Monica to discuss school, employment, and other opportunities for youth ages 18+.

Mae Kindler can be reached at 651-789-2446 or mkindler@bigstwincities.org. Appointments to meet with Mae can be made online at bbbsgtc.as.me/MAK.

Monica Billy can be reach at 651-354-0424 or mbilly@bigstwincities.org. Appointments to meet with Monica can be made at bbbsgtc.as.me/MNB.

External Scholarship Opportunities for High School and College Students

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. Appointments to meet with Matt can be made online at bbbs_career.youcanbook.me.

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

Looking for health related resources? Click here for a short list of resources around general health and adolescent sexual health. To learn more, contact Maypahou Ly, Teen Health 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. The next application period will open in early 2019, with a deadline of May 1.

Contact Monica Billy, Senior Teen Program Coordinator, at 651-354-0424 or mbilly@bigstwincities.org with questions, or click here for more information.