Express Dream Big Project Winners
In September 2021, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America became the beneficiary of the Dream Big Project, Express’ ongoing giving and mentoring initiative. Express has set a goal to donate $1,000,000 nationally to fund Big Brothers Big Sisters initiatives that ignite the power and promise of youth.
As part of the Dream Big Project, Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the country submitted stories of Littles whose confidence has been strengthened by their mentoring relationship. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada was honored to have two local Littles selected out of the 50 winners nationwide: Little Sister Breeauna and Little Brother Pele. Each of these winners received a $500 Express gift card and a special shopping experience at the Meadowood Mall Express store. They were welcomed with balloons and signs in their honor, and even got to shop before the store opened to the public with the help of the amazing team at Express!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada would like to thank our friends at the Meadowood Mall Express store for making these once-in-a-lifetime memories happen for Breauna and Pele!
Match Story: Little Brother Giani and Big Brother John
Giani and John were matched in May 2017. “John is very kind,” Giani says. “He is very [understanding].” These two enjoy many adventures, including kayaking, escape rooms, and go-karts, but…
Match Story: Little Sister Kieliaa and Big Sister Keisha
Little Sister Kieliaa, 15, and Big Sister Keisha were matched in September 2017. Part of…
Match Story: Little Sister Isabell and Big Sister Diane
Little Sister Isabell, 17, and Big Sister Diane were matched in April 2015. It was…
Little Sister Brendalynn, 12, and Big Sister Melina were matched in March 2019. Their favorite…
Little Sister Yamama, 12, and Big Sister Miranda were matched in March 2018. Miranda was…
Little Brother Julian, 17, and Big Brother George were matched in November 2014. Their favorite…
Breeauna (Bree), 17, and Tatum were matched in September 2020. Together they enjoy thrift shopping, doing makeup tutorials together, creating art, listening…
How does Big Brothers Big Sisters help Kasaius?
When Big Brothers Big Sisters works to match a Little with a Big, we take into account the needs, personality, interests, and goals of both the child and the adult volunteer. We introduce the Little and his or her family to the Big slowly and make sure everyone is fully committed to the match before it is made official. Little Brother Kasaius is outgoing and up for anything, so he needed a Big who was creative and had a variety of interests.
Children like Kasaius get the most out of their one-to-one relationship with their Big when the Big, the parent or guardian, and the child talk openly with their Match Support Specialist. Working as part of the team helping the child succeed, the Match Support Specialist can help identify problems, brainstorm solutions, and connect the family with essential services.
When Kasaius’ Big Brother saw the email from BBBS saying that there were spots open in a free acting class, he jumped at the chance to take Kasaius. BBBS affiliates across the country provide activities for Bigs and Littles and also alert Bigs to opportunities in the community. This enables Bigs to get to know other Bigs, who might be experiencing similar things and who might have great suggestions for more new activities.
Screening and Training
Child safety is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ highest priority. To achieve the highest standards possible, we work constantly to review and strengthen our background check systems as new best practices in the industry emerge. We also make sure our Bigs and our staff have the training and resources they need to help Littles on their path to success.
Established in 2001, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Our mentoring program is backed by 111 years of experience, proven success and positive outcomes. By pairing youth with caring adult mentors, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada contributes to brighter futures, better schools and stronger communities for all.