Mentors inspire student to serve & lead

Angelina Zulas is a senior at Ball State University and a practicum student at TEAMwork for Quality Living.  She is contributing this essay on mentoring as a member of the League of Extraordinary Writers. Coming in as a freshman at Ball State University, I had plenty of hopes and dreams of what the years to come would look like. Never would I have expected that a simple pamphlet, never mind a select handful of people, could totally morph the course of my next four years. Now, as a senior … [Read more...]

Battle of the Bands Benefit to Support BBBS of Delaware County

Muncie, Indiana. On October 25, November 1, and November 8 at 8:00 p.m., the Battle of the Bands benefit with take place at Center Stage in downtown Muncie to help raise support and awareness of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware County. The Leadership Board partnered with BBBS to help reach their goals of Big recruitment and funding. Recent efforts have committed 10 individuals to the interview process to become Bigs, and both organizations hope this event will continue to raise awareness of … [Read more...]

The BIG Issue Event is Tonight!

Show up! "Eighty percent of success is showing up." - Woody Allen Big Brothers and Big Sisters numbers are declining. We’ve looked at the page-after-page of spreadsheets from BBBS programs across the country with negative numbers in the volunteer column. At first we were depressed. But then we realized the huge opportunity that was available. If we can close this gap in Muncie (which we are doing already) to where there is no child without a mentor, we could help others close it … [Read more...]

Mentoring gap solved in Muncie, Indiana by the 4 hour phenomena?

The average user of Facebook spent 7 hours and 47 minutes on the site in August. One month. How does this have anything to do with mentoring and closing the mentoring gap in Muncie, in the USA, in the world? Fair question. It takes approximately 4 hours per month to enter into a one to one relationship with a child in need of a mentor through the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. I have been a Big Brother for about 7 years now, and I feel that number has held up for me. In Muncie, … [Read more...]

Leadership Board Open House: Stop, collaborate and listen

“Stop. Collaborate and listen.” – Vanilla Ice on leadership or possibly on producing a cheesy rap song with your friends. Stop, collaborate... Open House at Big Brothers & Big Sisters office 220 N. Walnut St. Muncie, IN 47305 September 22, 2011 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Have you ever seen the movie The Men Who Stare at Goats? George Clooney and a roomful of his fellow soldiers stare REALLY hard at goats and try to kill them with their minds. This event will be like that, except the goat will be … [Read more...]