News and Updates

Meaningful Change: 2021 Annual Report

While the past year forced us to rethink nearly every aspect of our programming, we’ve made changes built to last. We invite you to learn more about the new services provided, investments made and lives that have been changed because of your support. Together, we will continue to defend the potential of children across Chicagoland.

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Giving Thanks – A Thanksgiving Holiday Recipe Keeps This Match Connected

While this year looks a little different for us all, we hope this holiday season brings new ways to come together and celebrate – starting with a new recipe on the table!

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In Memory of Erika Cornelisen, Executive Director of Alvin H. Baum Family Fund

We are deeply saddened to share the news that Erika Cornelisen passed away on October 7, 2021. Erika was the Executive Director of the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund and a longtime partner of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago (BBBSChi) and our mission of creating and supporting one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

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Announcing Our 2021 Bigs of the Year

Big Brother Jordan has been matched with his Little Brother Omari for eight years, and their bond is unbreakable. Jordan is “10 times what I would have asked for in a match and shows that every day on every outing,” says Omari. The two have done everything together from playing basketball, to seeing Chicago’s museums, to taking advantage of the Chicago food scene, to just talking about life and future plans. They have become deeply intertwined in each other’s families – from weddings and birthdays to Omari being one of the first people to meet Jordan’s children when they were born, becoming like a big brother himself.

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Summer Learning Challenge

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Chicago has put together a summer learning challenge in an attempt to prevent brain drain this summer! Commonly referred to as “summer slide” or “brain drain,” student learning loss over the summer months has long been a subject of concern for parents and educators. With the impact of COVID-19 and E-learning, it is more important than ever for students to continue their education over the summer.

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