News and Updates

This Match Is a Work of Art

Big Brother Victor and Little Brother Nahzeer recently celebrated their 1 year match anniversary! Early on, the two bonded over their shared love of art, with Victor helping Nahzeer add to his portfolio and supporting him through trying out new mediums, all while making sure to consistently stay in contact virtually.

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BBBSChi Launches Store for Custom Apparel and Gear

Starting today, you can represent BBBSChi and help ignite potential for Chicagoland youth. Check out our new Chicago Edition gear designed to reflect the city we’ve called home for over 50 years. And most importantly, every item brings much-needed awareness towards the urgent mission of finding mentors for kids across Chicagoland.

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Moving Forward Together – 2020 Annual Report

While it’s hard to look back on 2020, the last year taught us more about the importance of human connection, community and resilience than we ever imagined. Our Bigs became a frontline resource to support kids’ social and emotional wellbeing, finding new ways to be there for Littles and families when they needed it most.

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We Are Living Black History Month

Oftentimes when we hear about Black History Month, the first images that pop into our minds are of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X, or Barack Obama. While these figures of great change and influence are important to honor and remember during Black History Month, and every month, it is important to honor the Black people making history in big and small ways every day.

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Black History Matters: A Collaborative Poem by Littles and Bigs of BBBSChi

Amanda Gorman inspired the nation when she recited her poem “The Hill We Climb” at Biden and Harris’ inauguration in January. Inspired by Gorman and NPR’s recent collaborative poem, we wanted to flex our matches’ poetic abilities while also honoring Black History Month. We posed the prompt: ‘what does Black History Month mean to you?’ to our community based matches. They took the challenge and ran with it! We collected poems from Bigs and Littles, and then turned them all into a collaborative poem.

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