Thursday, May 26, 2016

Even More Rainy Day Activities For You and Your Little

There are few things more fulfilling in life than witnessing the positive impact you can have on others - especially on kids. Whether you just signed up or you have been a mentor for years, it can still be difficult to find new, fun activities for you and your little - especially on days when you are stuck indoors. In the past, we’ve written about how you and your Little can make the most out of a rainy day. These activities are fun and easy for younger kids, but as they get older, it can be hard to pull a kid off the couch and away from their devices. This time, let’s focus our rainy day activity ideas toward the older kids:

A Day at the Movies

Your Little has most likely seen all the newest blockbusters (maybe some more than a few times), but have they ever watched Singin’ In the Rain or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? How about Mary Poppins or The Sound of Music? Find your favorite childhood movies and have your own film festival - complete with popcorn, pop, and candies.

Pamper Yourselves

Set up a foot spa (or two tubs of hot water) and start your own salon and spa with your little. Check out this recipe for a homemade skin scrub that you can make together. Give yourselves manicures, pedicures, and face masks, and enjoy a nice cup of tea or cocoa. You Little will enjoy feeling like an adult for an afternoon!

Make Something Together

Everyone likes to create. Just because your Little is a tween, doesn’t mean they won’t get plenty of enjoyment out of an afternoon filled with marshmallow shooters, paper airplanes, or your own t-shirts! Need help finding more ideas? Tinkercrate mails fun experiments and projects to your doorstep every month.

Learn Something New

Science experiments are always fun - who doesn’t enjoy the classic baking soda/vinegar volcano? As kids get older, they want to know why thing react the way they do. Take some time to develop a few science experiments with your Little and learn something new. Some experiments to try out include:

Kids are getting hard to entertain. It can be so much easier to plop them in front of a television, video game console, or electronic device, but hopefully, you’ve had some inspiration from this list. There are tons more activities on Pinterest that you and your Little can explore together.

For more tips on activities you can do with your Little, check out our Facebook page.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Magic Moments Gala and Man-Up 2016 Recap

At Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Minnesota, all great things never come to an end- rather, they continue working to build a better community for the future. As the Magic Moments Gala and the Man-Up campaign come to an end, we couldn’t be more thrilled with the success! Members of our community stepped up and worked together to find a match for our Littles. Here is a recap of our recent success:

The 2016 Magic Moments Gala turned out to be a huge success for the Big Brothers Big Sisters team once again. Over the last few years, we have learned that people value an experience more than items, so we teamed up with Black Diamond Auctions to create a fun and engaging auctioning experience.
Shari Wahlin was thrilled to share her take on the success:
The evening was a BIG success for children facing adversity in our community. The positive energy and purposeful unity of our guests and supporters were inspiring. With the help of sponsors, volunteers, and attendees who support our kids through the Magic Moments Gala, we grossed $200,000 for our program in addition to sparking the interest of several new potential mentors. Big Brothers Big Sisters would not exist without the support of our caring community members. Together, we can lead children on a path towards a brighter, more promising future.

Nearly 70% of the children on our waiting list are boys, yet only 1 out of 5 new volunteers are men, which is why the 2016 Man-Up Campaign was created. Boys in the program wait an average of 304 days before receiving a Big Brother. This year, we teamed up with the local community to make a change! BBBS started with the goal of partnering 100 men in 100 days. Rachel Johnson, a recruiter and one of the leads on this campaign, explains:
We are incredibly grateful for a community that steps up to the plate to help their youth thrive. In 100 days we were able to find 77 men and countless women who wanted to become a mentor. We have signed up several couples and families to participate as well. Not only does this strengthen our community, but it changes the lives and direction of our youth.
As we reflect on these memorable moments and achievements within the community, we can’t help but look forward to all the memories that will be made, lives that will be changed, and friendships that will last a lifetime. Thank you to all of our sponsors and community volunteers for making it all possible, and for investing your time and energy into giving back to the youth of our community.

It is never too late to become a mentor and make an impact not only in the lives of the youth but also to the community as a whole! Learn more about becoming a mentor on our website!