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2014 Earth Jam Charity Fashion Benefit: presented by Fifth Third Bank and benefiting Camp Oty'Okwa. Click here for more information.To purchase tickets, please click here. To view photos of last year's event, please click here.

Bowl for Kids' Sake - Delaware County Office: Presented by Modern Medical and coming up fast, on May 8! Please click here to register to bowl and start fundraising, or to sponsor a bowler! We still have sponsorship opportunities available for this fun, family-oriented event. For more information about sponsorship benefits, please contact Kerry Robe at 740-369-2447.

Want to be a Camp Counselor at our Camp Oty'Okwa this summer? Click here for our online application, or head on over to our Camp website for more information about our great programs at Camp Oty'Okwa.

The Mentoring Center of Central Ohio: To donate or learn more about our Mentoring Center of Central Ohio, please click here.

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Hispanic Mentoring: Haga clic aqui para mas informacion en Espanol.

EcoWeekend at Camp Oty'Okwa - May 2-4: It is a Columbus Audubon weekend full of family friendly environmental programs. More information is available by clicking here or visiting the website.

Bowl for Kids' Sake-Columbus: Thanks to everyone who partied with us at Bowl for Kids' Sake at Columbus Square Bowling Palace on February 15! It's not too late to support your favorite bowler and help us meet our goal! Please click here and make a donation to help the kids we serve

Adult Education at Camp Oty'Okwa: Did you know we partner with Ashland University to offer Adult Education courses at our Camp Oty'Okwa? Courses carry 15 contact hours or 1 semester hour of graduate credit. For course descriptions, schedule and registration forms, please click here.

View Our Financials: Click here for our 2013 Annual Report. Click here for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio's IRS Form 990 or click here for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Springfield's IRS Form 990.

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.Mentoring for Children of Incarcerated Parents Learn more about our program to help children of incarcerated parents.

 

Media Representatives on deadline: Please call Mary Palkowski at (614) 839-2447, ext. 110 (office) or (312) 969-4852 (cell).

WELCOME TO BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF CENTRAL OHIO!

Do you remember a special person who brought excitement to the everyday, broadened your horizons and put little moments of magic into your life? By becoming a volunteer mentor, you can do the same for a child, and you will both be forever changed by the experience! Children need adult friends to help them achieve success. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio has a rich history of nurturing friendships between caring adult volunteers and children. Since 1933, Big Brothers Big Sisters has made a difference in the lives of more than 100,000 central Ohio kids!

We are family of offices, aligned to serve kids in 11 Ohio counties. Our headquarters is in Columbus, and that office serves Franklin County kids. To learn about our local offices, please click below.

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OUR LITTLES GOT BIG TALENT!

At our 2014 A Taste of Class for Kids event, three very talented kids who participate in our programs performed. Please click on the photos below to view inspirational videos about how participating in our programs impacts the lives of Le'ajaa (classical pianist), Jesse (singer/composer) and Aubrianna (interpretive dancer). Enjoy!

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Special thanks to Jumpstart Columbus for producing the videos!

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LOOK GOOD, FEEL GOOD, AND DO GOOD!

Join us at the 2014 Earth Jam Charity Fashion Benefit! Thanks to our friends at Aveda Institute Columbus and Nurtur the Salon, this exciting event will benefit environmental education programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio's Camp Oty'Okwa!

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Lights, camera, action...it's an amazing runway show and it spotlights the hairstyling and cosmetic talents of Aveda students! Join us for avante-garde fashion, silent and live auctions with great items, music and food...all at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion on May 20, 2014. The event runs from 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm, with the Fashion Show starting at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are available to purchase here: Earth Jam Fashion Benefit

 

And remember, it's for the kids!

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Learn more about the new Hemlock Youth Action Team by visiting our Camp Oty'Okwa website!

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ANNOUNCING:

Effective January 1, 2014, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Ohio (headquartered in Chillicothe) formally aligned with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio with the goal of providing the impact of one-to-one mentoring services to more children in Ross, Pike, Pickaway, Fayette and Highland Counties! To view the press release, please click here. To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Ohio, please click here.

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VOLUNTEER TO JOIN PROJECT MENTOR!

GROW! Become a mentor. Succeed together.


To learn more, please click here.

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HISPANIC MENTORING

es un programa de Big Brothers Big Sisters del Centro de Ohio disenado para crear un impacto positivo en nuestra comunidad Latina. Haga clic aqui para mas informacion en Espanol.

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JIM MERKEL WINS NATIONAL BOARD CHALLENGE!

Jim Merkel, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio Board Member, was just named the winner of the NATIONAL Big Brothers Big Sisters Board Member Challenge for Bowl for Kids' Sake. We are very proud and thankful to Jim!

Jim is President and CEO of Rockbridge, our agency's #1 Bowl for Kids' Sake fundraiser. In 2013, Rockbridge raised more than $90,000! Special thanks goes to Jim and Rockbridge for all you do for central Ohio kids.

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THINK SUMMER - THINK CAMP OTY'OKWA!

 

Please take 4 minutes to view this inspiring video of kids at our Camp Oty'Okwa and learn how you can help make these life-changing experiences available for more kids!

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THE INSPIRING STORY OF A FORMER LITTLE BROTHER AND HIS BIG BROTHER



(as seen on NBC4i)  

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CHECK OUT NEW TRAINING MATERIALS FOR VOLUNTEERS!

Click here to view and download a pdf of the our webinar presentation designed to help volunteers better understand their Menee's family dynamics.

Click here to view and download a pdf of our new caregiver's guide, called Strengthening Bonds and Creating Connections. It includes answers to difficult questions children ask about their incarcerated loved one. Recently published by Big Brothers Big Sisters Amachi Ohio and The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, this booklet is very useful for Caregivers and Mentors of children whose parents are incarcerated.

 

 

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