On July 30th, the Atlanta Falcons welcomed a group of Littles, Bigs, and Parents to a day at Training Camp in Flowery Branch, Georgia. Our group was greeted at the entrance by team representatives with swag bags filled with Falcons goodies. We were escorted to a VIP seating area to enjoy breakfast while the players warmed up.
Once the practice began, the Littles were amazed by the skills, size, and speed of these incredible, talented players. A few of the Littles, who play football for their school teams, wanted to get out on the field to mix it up with the pros! Maybe in a few more...more
This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta welcomed a new leader. Our President and CEO, Kwame Johnson, offers a wealth of experience in the non-profit sector, and a pragmatic philosophy that promises to move our organization in an exciting new direction. Here Kwame discusses the future of Metro Atlanta’s youth, and the part Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta will take in effecting positive change in our community.
What attracted you to the opportunity to lead Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta?
I’ve been a fan of Big Brothers Big...more
by Kwame Johnson
I’ve been the President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta for only a few months now, but I’ve been a fan of the organization for the majority of my career for two reasons: the impact and the results. What is most vital about our approach is that it’s relationship-based. We believe that relationships change people, not programs. How can an individual form a relationship with another individual and change that person’s situation? That’s the power of change: regardless of what zip code they live in, regardless of their family dynamic, that relationship element has produced...more
On June 7, we held our annual Bigs Swing Fore Littles (BSFL) golf tournament at Topgolf Atlanta Midtown. There were approximately 150 attendees representing nearly 80 companies. We raised a total of $134,000 for our one-to-one mentoring programs and everyone had a great time in the process!
The day would not have been possible without our amazing corporate sponsors, especially Presenting Sponsor, IBERIABANK.
Gold Matchmakers included: The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Booster Enterprises, Booth Western Arts Museum/Tellus Science Museum,...more
In June, we pay tribute to our dads by celebrating Father’s Day. We can observe the day by flipping burgers with dad, gifting him the loudest tie we can find, and having a discussion about how surprising the Braves have been this season. While these are all great things to do on Father’s Day, we’d like to suggest another way you can honor the role your dad has played in your life.
What better way to honor the wisdom, advice, and quality time given to you by your father, or other male role models you’ve had, than by passing those things along to a child facing adversity?
On Saturday, June 2nd, we held our annual Graduation Celebration at Georgia State University. Each year, we gather to honor the achievements of our senior Little Brothers and Sisters who are graduating from high school. While this is the formal end of their time in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, the relationship that has been formed in this one-to-one mentoring relationship never truly ends. And we can't forget about our amazing Bigs, who officially become Alumni Bigs!
Board member Tim Wilkerson welcomed our Masters of Ceremonies, Big Sister Bianca and Little Sister Alexis....more
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta's annual Bowl For Kids' Sake Technology Challenge was held at Bowlero on Saturday, March 24th, with two sessions. There were around 22 participating companies and community organizations, with over 60 bowling and fundraising teams! Bowl For Kids' Sake is one of our largest fundraising events and the Main Event brought in over $130,000 and counting, supporting 86 Big and Little matches for one year.
A BIG thank you to our sponsors:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta's annual Bowl For Kids' Sake Technology Challenge was held at BowlMor on Thursday, March 22nd. There were nearly 20 participating technology companies, with over 100 attendees! Bowl For Kids' Sake is one of our largest fundraising events and the Technology Challenge brought in over $35,000 and counting, supporting 23 Big and Little matches for one year.
A BIG thank you to our sponsors:
The Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (BBBSMA), long respected for leveraging the power of mentors on behalf of Metro Atlanta’s youth, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kwame Johnson as Chief Executive Officer. Currently Executive Director of the Greater Atlanta Region for PowerMyLearning, Johnson succeeds Janice McKenzie-Crayton, who retired last fall after more than a quarter century as CEO.
“This is truly an exciting development for the young people of our region,” noted board chair David Clark,...more
We're kicking off the New Year with the sixteenth annual National Mentoring Month!
National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us can work together to increase the number of mentors to help ensure positive outcomes for our young people. This campaign celebrates mentoring and the positive effect it can have on young lives.
MENTOR's “If You Mentor Me…” video below explores the ways in which mentors positively impact the lives of their mentees. Watch the video to see how becoming a mentor in real life can improve the lives...more