Big Brothers Big Sister

(HawaiiNewsNow) - Since 1963, Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii has partnered with guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community to pair children ("Littles") with carefully screened and trained volunteer mentors ("Bigs"). A unique service of BBBS is that each one of these mentoring relationships is monitored and professionally supported by a case manager focused on creating a healthy bond between the individuals. An affiliate of the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii mentoring programs have proven, positive impact for youth in the areas of academics, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes, high school graduation rates, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or career readiness.

On July 1, 2012, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii will begin serving children in all four counties through the unification of formerly independent Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies of Honolulu, of Maui, of Kauai and of Hawaii Island. Now statewide, Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii provides over 600 children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. For more information, click HERE!

On September 8th and 15th Big Brothers Big Sisters is hosting its largest and most important annual fundraiser, the Bowl For Kids' Sake. In 2011, over 1,000 corporate sponsors, employees and their families, civic and community organizations, individual supporters, staff, and volunteers raised $350,000 to help provide one-to-one mentoring for keiki facing adversity on Oahu. This year our goal is $375,000 and we need everyone's help to continue support families such as Jennifer's.

How it works: Friends and family form teams of six fundraiser-bowlers who each pledge to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters. At Aiea Bowl on Saturday September 8th and 15th the teams enjoy three hours of bowling, entertainment, prize drawings, complimentary food and drink, music and fun as a "mahalo" for helping Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu help more kids. For more information about the event and forming a team, click HERE!

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