Joey was a withdrawn 14-year-old boy dealing with some serious issues who needed a friend. He met David who not only changed his life, but also reassured Joey's mom Alletta that he'd be there for Joey. And then the unimaginable happened. Joey and Alletta shared their moving, inspirational story which beautifully illustrates the bond between a Little and a Big, and shows how that relationship impacts families and our community.
Pitch In for Kids Dinner & Fundraiser Set for February
You're invited to put on your best "baseball chic" outfit and show your support for BBBSAZ at Pitch In for Kids! Join us for a fun, baseball-themed event celebrating the power of mentoring at 5:30pm on Thursday, February 23rd, at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. Tickets are on sale now.
We want to thank everyone who joined us October 17 - 21 at Paul's Car Wash at Desert Ridge Marketplace to help make this year's car wash a BIG success. Each year, this community event, hosted by CBS 5's Chief Meteorologist Paul Horton and televised live on CBS 5 and 3TV brings together friends of BBBSAZ - volunteers, community partners, celebrity guests, entertainers and community leaders - to celebrate the power of mentoring and how it changes lives for the better forever. Paul and volunteers washed more than 700 cars in five days raise more than $250,000.
Bigs in Blue Program Pairs Youth & Police Officers
Bigs in Blue is a one-to-one mentoring program that connects our police with youth in communities throughout our nation, building strong, trusting, lasting relationships. The result of these relationships can help build stronger bonds between law enforcement and the families they serve. Big Brothers Big Sisters is expanding the program nationally and we're excited to be part of this initiative.
Bobbi Nez Receives Brick Award at National Conference
Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ) is proud to announce long-time
staff member and mentor, Bobbi Rose Nez, was awarded the Big Brothers Big
Sisters of America “Brick Award”. The “Brick Award” recognizes the National
Program Staff Person of the Year and was presented during the Big Brothers Big
Sisters of America National Conference in Orlando, Fla. on June 29, 2016. Nez has
been with BBBSAZ for nine years and currently serves as the Tribal Partnership
Coordinator/Program Specialist. Nez has
also been a Big Sister in the program for eight years.
Congratulations to Big Sister Dannielle Charles for being recognized statewide as Arizona Big of the Year for her nine-year commitment to her Little Sister Crystal.
Dannielle and Crystal were first matched in 2007 when Crystal was eight years old and enrolled in one of our site-based programs at a local elementary school. They spent their first two years as a site-based match and have spent the last seven years as a community-based match. Crystal is now 17 years old and about to be the first in her family of 9 siblings to graduate from high school, and she credits Dannielle with helping her stay focused on school and encouraging her to pursue her interest in the arts.