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Family Service Agency’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program has been providing the youth of DeKalb County with positive adult role-models for over forty years. Big Brothers Big Sisters has a large part in helping children of DeKalb County stay positive with their everyday lives and out of trouble, which has a huge impact on the youth in the community. The relationship between a ‘Big’ and a ‘Little’ has proven to help the children do better in school and to have a positive self out-look on what they can achieve. Big Brothers Big Sisters is successful in bringing a brighter future to many children’s lives and the community.

 

Bowl for Kids’ Sake, Big Brothers Big Sisters annual fundraiser, supports about 65% to 75% of its’ annual budget. This event is an excellent way to give back to the community, and it is a lot fun! Community members are asked to put together a team of four to six people and each team member raises individual pledges. The minimum to receive a Big Brothers Big Sisters T-shirt and one game of bowling, including shoe rental, is $75 per team member. The team is able to choose the time and bowling alley that best suits their schedule. 

 

The dates for Bowl For Kids’ Sake are March 2, 3 and 4 at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb and March 18 at Idle Hour Lanes in Sandwich. For more information, or to register a team, visit www.fsadekalbcounty.org or call Family Service Agency at 815.758.8616.

 

Family Service Agency is one of the oldest social service agencies in DeKalb County and devotes its focus to protecting and developing children and older adults through four distinct departments: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Center For Counseling, Children’s Advocacy Center and Senior Services. For information on any department, please call 815.758.8616.

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Collaboration was formed between Jefferson Elementary School, DeKalb High School, Kishwaukee Family YMCA and Family Service Agency’s Big Brothers Big Sisters when Christy Meyer, Jefferson Elementary Principal, contacted Big Brothers Big Sisters to do a different kind of mentoring. The goal was to introduce social intervention by connecting two strangers of different age groups and having the dedication to making those relationships work. As Asset Builder members of the DeKalb County KEYS county-wide initiative, this presented an opportunity to promote the 40 Developmental Assets to youth.

Key Developmental Assets exhibited were #3 Positive Family Communication, #8 Youth as Resources, #9 Service to Others, #15 Positive Peer Influence, #26 Caring, #33 Interpersonal Competence, #38 Self-Esteem and #39 Sense of Purpose.

Over the last several months, 20 chosen high school students (known as “Bigs”) were carefully matched with 20 elementary students (“Littles”) in order to have a positive effect on their lives.

Every Monday after school, the Bigs showed their commitment by being consistent in their attendance and enthusiasm, but most importantly, making sure that their Little knew how important and special they were. Each week, these relationships evolved from convincing a Little to take his coat off and stay a while to knowing when a Little may need some extra attention.

This special program will be brought back at the start of the next school year, with hopes that returning Bigs and Littles will continue building upon their relationships. Family Service Agency’s Big Brothers Big Sisters is extremely grateful for the relationships built by Jefferson Elementary and DeKalb High Schools as well as the Kishwaukee Family YMCA for recognizing the importance of mentoring and having the compassion to make a difference in the youth of this community.    

For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters or School Based Mentoring, call Family Service Agency at 815.758.4718.

Family Service Agency is one of the oldest social service agencies in DeKalb County and devotes its focus to protecting and developing children and older adults through four distinct departments: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Center For Counseling, Children’s Advocacy Center and Senior Services. For information on any department, please call 815.758.8616.

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