50 years ago a little idea made a big impact, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mid – South Inc., (BBBSMS) will commemorate its 50th anniversary by hosting a set of events through the year 2018. The organization plans on dedicating this year to improving the lives of young people in the community while also focusing of expanding quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of the community’s young people with caring adults through one-on-one relationships.
“We are going to have a year that is full of activities to help us make a difference,” said Susan George, Executive Director, BBBSMS. “In the month of January, we, along with the rest of the country, celebrated National Mentoring Month and throughout the year we will be honoring the matches between Big Brothers and Big Sisters with their little brothers and little sisters focusing on the life-changing connections that were made. The team looks forward to raising awareness and attracting a greater number of volunteers and in our fundraising efforts so that we can widen our circle of committed donors.”
The major focus of the entire team was to complete a robust strategic planning process and move forward with a number of activities which include pop-up stands and booths across various events in the city throughout the year in order to build their network.
To highlight the year and its activities surrounding the 50th Anniversary celebrations, a luncheon will be held on Dec 5, 2018 and the host for the afternoon will be Kontji Anthony of WMC News.
The event will also feature Mo's Bows' 15-year-old founder and CEO Moziah Bridges, who runs his Memphis-based tie company with his mom Tramica Morris, which has inked a one-year licensing deal with the NBA to produce bow ties for all 30 professional basketball teams.
This will be an event conducted in September, which is a reunion party for all the Big’s and Little’s who has been a part of the program in the past 50 years. Our nationwide search and reunite effort will be extended to hundreds of people who have an affinity with Big Brothers Big Sisters, but have not been asked to stay or become re-engaged with the organization.
Our hope is that by bringing our alumni together and showing them how much we appreciate them, we will open avenues for people who are already invested in our work to Start Something again to help kids succeed in school and life.
The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mid-South, Inc. is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever!