September 2018 Issue

From the President and CEO

Dear friends,
This month our Little Sisters headed back to school where they were reunited with their Big Sisters in our Site-Based Mentoring programs. Their Big Sisters visit them at schools in Boston, Cambridge, and Quincy. They participate in our High School Mentoring Academy and our BC Bigs/Franklin Field program. They are transported to their Big Sisters' offices in our Workplace Mentoring program, where they experience a positive working environment, envision future careers, and spend quality one-on-one time with their Big Sisters. This year, we will serve more than 800 girls through our Site-Based Mentoring programs, and that means that more than 800 girls are heading into the school year with the care and guidance of a professionally supported mentor who will help them feel seen, heard, and valued. That is more than 800 girls who will develop the confidence to do better in school, build strong relationships with friends and family, and make healthy decisions for themselves.
We could not make and support these relationships without your generosity. Fall is not only back-to-school time, it is a time when opportunities to stand up for Greater Boston's girls abound: from hopping on a bike in the Rodman Ride for Kids, to shopping with purpose at J.McLaughlin, attending a Conversations Among Women or Fierce Urgency of Now panel, or dancing and dining at Big in Boston. Whether you give your time, financial resources, donate supplies for the activities that help build Big and Little Sister bonds, or all of the above, you are a critical part of getting #Girls2Great in our community throughout the year.

With gratitude,

comcastcoachContinuum of Mentoring: High School Big Sisters + Comcast Coaches

Big Sister Ashna is a junior at Boston Latin Academy. While teen girls are often thought of strictly as Little Sisters, Ashna is one of the nearly 50 female students from BLA who volunteer as Big Sisters in our High School Mentoring Academy. These teen Big Sisters are matched with Little Sisters from the nearby Trotter Innovation School where they meet weekly. In order to be effective mentors to a girl and achieve their own goals, Ashna and her fellow high school Big Sisters receive extra guidance and support from our staff and a cohort of Comcast Coaches through the Girls Leadership Program component of the High School Mentoring Academy.

newsmakersComcast Newsmakers: Deb Re Talks Mentoring, Confidence, and Being an Ally to Women and Girls

Deb sat down with Jenny Johnson to talk about why mentoring and support for women and girls is important now more than ever.

Sister Spotlight: Big Sister Autumn & Little Sister Emily

Whether they are conquering their fears by riding a roller coaster or developing a palette for oysters, Big Sister Autumn and her Little Sister Emily love to broaden their horizons by enjoying new experiences together. Follow their adventures on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram this month and read about more of our Big and Little Sisters here.

amazonwish"Alexa, Support Greater Boston's Girls"

Shopping on Amazon? You can add support for Greater Boston's girls to your cart with the click of a button! Many of our programs involve crafting or science activities that require supplies. You can help by visiting our Amazon Wish List and ordering a donation of supplies for our Big and Little Sisters to draw, collage, make slime, and most importantly, strengthen their bonds through quality time together.  Take me to the Wish List!

Funding Announcement: We are proud to announce that the Mentoring Matching Grants Line Item in the Massachusetts state budget has been fully funded at $750,000 for FY19. Big Sister Boston is one of 37 mentoring programs in the state to receive funding through this line item. Big thanks to Mass Mentoring Partnership for championing this critical resource.

Mark Your Calendar

fierce#FUN in Boston: Aspiring and Inspiring Millennial Women of Color

Thursday, September 20
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Big Sister Boston Office

City Awake, the next-generation platform of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to announce Fierce Urgency of Now (FUN), a six-day festival featuring programming designed to highlight the experiences, challenges, and possibilities for millennials of color in Boston. Big Sister Boston is taking part in the festival with a panel event featuring millennial women of color who work and volunteer with us.  Leave with new connections, innovative ideas and game-changing strategies to drive your career, lead a vibrant social life, and lift up the next generation in the fierce urgency of now.

rodmanJoin Team Big Sister in the Rodman Ride for Kids

September 22, 2018
Various start times

***There's still time to join the team as a cyclist or virtual rider--and you have until November 16 to reach your fundraising goal!***

Join Team Big Sister in the annual Rodman Ride for Kids. The non-competitive cycling event takes place in Foxboro and offers a 100, 50, or 25-mile route. As part of Team Big Sister, you'll be raising funds in support of our mentoring and enrichment programs for Greater Boston's girls. Total funds raised by Team Big Sister have the opportunity to be matched up to 3% by the Rodman Ride for Kids! We'll give you all the tools you need to set a course for fundraising success. 

If you would like to join the team, please register online or contact MK Thornton at or 617.236.5304.

jmclaughlinSip & Shop (& Support) with J.McLaughlin

October 13, 2018
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sip, shop, and give back with Big Sister Boston at the Wellesley J.McLaughlin store. 10% of all purchases during this date and time will benefit Big Sister Boston's mentoring and enrichment programs for Greater Boston's girls. Gather your friends and make it a girls' day out!

cawConversations Among Women: How Women of Color are Creating Social Impact from Social Capital

October 24, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Join a robust conversation around the importance of building social capital for women of color. More information and tickets available in September. Tickets available via Eventbrite on September 18.

BIBBig in Boston

November 10, 2018
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Celebrate and elevate Greater Boston's women and girls through the power of positive mentoring relationships. Our annual gala is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to show your support for the 2,700 girls we serve annually and help us match more girls with a mentor who will ignite her power and passion to succeed. Big in Boston 2018 will be chaired by Allen & Gerritsen CEO, Andrew Graff, and honor C Space chairman, Diane Hessan, for leading the charge on increasing women's seats on local corporate boards and giving women-run businesses a leg up. 

Sponsorship available now. Individual tickets available in late September.

Need space?   Big Sister has a large, fully furnished conference room  that can be rented for hourly or daily rates. Please contact our Administrative Specialist, Deborah Pless, at 617.236.8060 for more information. 

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