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Annual Meeting Please plan to join us for our 2014 Annual Meeting and Luncheon on November 6 at the Ohio Union! For more information about this inspirational event, please click here. To register for complimentary open seating, please click here.

Tickets Available! Join us at our Mentoring Center of Central Ohio's Fall Fundraiser on September 18. Jane Grote Abell, Chairwoman of the Board of Donatos Pizza, is keynoting the event, and Bob Nunnally, Storm Team 4 Meteorologist, is emceeing. You'll discover the magic of mentoring through inspirational stories! For more information, please click here. To purchase your ticket and register, please click here.

Project Mentor Needs You! We are recruiting now for mentors for the 2014-2015 school year. For more information, please click here or call us at (614) 839-2447. To apply, please click here and mail your completed application to our office.

Julie Zickefoose, artist and author of "The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds" will be our guest speaker on November 2 at Camp Oty'Okwa. For more information, please click here. To purchase your ticket and register, please click here. All profits benefit the Camp Oty'Okwa camper scholarship fund!

2014 Holidays in the Country at Camp Oty'Okwa...the holiday banquet and silent auction will benefit the Camp Oty'Okwa camper scholarship fund. Join us! For more information, please click here. To purchase your ticket and register, please click here.

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

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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Bowl for Kids' Sake - Delaware County Office: It's not too late to support Bowl for Kids' Sake in Delaware County. The event was held on May 8, but you can click here to sponsor a bowler!

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.

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

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.

 

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 a family of offices, aligned to serve kids in 13 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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ANNOUNCING:

Effective September 1, 2014, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East 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 Tuscarawas and Carroll counties. To view the press release, please click here. To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio, please click here.

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WE MADE THE FRONT PAGE!

Kids need help to achieve success in their lives...they need YOU! The Columbus Dispatch ran a very inspiring story about two very inspiring matches on Saturday, June 21, and we hope it inspires many more people to volunteer to mentor a child! Click here to see the front-page story! To learn more about how YOU or your Company or organization can help, give us a call at 614-839-2447.

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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!

2014 Earth Jam Charity Fashion Benefit was held on May 20, and thanks to our friends at Aveda Institute Columbus and Nurtur the Salon, it benefited environmental education programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio's Camp Oty'Okwa! Check out Earth Jam on Facebook here.

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

 

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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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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



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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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