Monthly Archives: July 2011

Words of Wisdom: Being a Big Sister is About Being Present, Not Perfect

Words of Wisdom
Maybe you’re not perfect. Maybe you didn’t check off numbers nine and ten on your to-do-list. Maybe you had a little too much cheesecake and not enough salad at your last meal. Maybe you’re a little too hard on yourself. Maybe you could use some more support sometimes. Maybe you could use a mentor on the tough days.

But then again, maybe you’re a good listener. Maybe you’re compassionate and caring. Maybe you’re a hard worker, a trustworthy friend, and a supportive shoulder to lean on. Maybe you’re not perfect, but according to your Little Sister, you don’t have to be perfect to be just what she needs.

Research indicates that the strongest and most influential mentors are those who show consistency and commitment to building a healthy, symbiotic relationship with their mentee. Being a successful mentor means opening up and being real. It means being dedicated to learning about your Little Sister and about yourself. Little Sisters feel connected to their Big Sisters because Big Sisters listen. They support. They care and criticize constructively. They are admirable and accessible. Big Sisters are successful because they foster success in others.

You are making a difference, by being you and sharing yourself with your Little Sister. You don’t have to be a Nobel laureate or the head of a big company to be an impactful mentor. In fact, share your imperfections with your Little Sister. Show her that it’s okay to make and learn from mistakes, that it’s okay to ask for a helping hand. It’s not about having all the answers, spending a lot of money, or going over the top. It’s not about being perfect – it’s about being present.

— Amy Butterworth
Coordinator of the High School 
Mentoring Academy at Big Sister


Boston Neighborhood Highlights: Roxbury

Roxbury was one of the first towns founded in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630.  It became annexed to Boston in 1868. The original town of Roxbury once included the current Boston neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, West Roxbury, the South End and much of Back Bay. Though currently much  smaller than its original boundaries, it holds many entertaining and exciting match activities. Below are a few favorites:

Roxbury Center for the Arts – Hibernian Hall

184 Dudley St.
Roxbury, MA 02119

Built in 1913 and reopened in 2005, Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall is a historic ballroom that serves as a multicultural arts  and entertainment venue.  Hibernian Hall organizes a wide range of events, such as master classes in dance and theater,  Thursday night jazz, soul, & R&B  performances, and Friday Flix, a monthly film series. To find out about upcoming events, visit

Discover Roxbury’s Neighborhood Tours

183 Roxbury Street
Boston, MA 02119

Discover Roxbury

Discover Roxbury is a non-profit organization that promotes the economic development of Roxbury through tourism. They organize interactive  guided trolley, walking, and bike tours of Roxbury’s arts, culture, and history as well as culinary events .  One of their more popular walking tours is the “Women’s History Walking Tour” where you learn about the historic impact women have had in Roxbury.

Shirley-Eustis House

33 Shirley Street
Roxbury, MA 02119

Adults: $5
Children: $3

Celebrating its 250th anniversary, The Shirley-Eustis House is the only remaining country house built by a British Colonial Governor in America. Learn about the house’s many residents during the 18th and 19th centuries, including William Shirley, the Royal Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and later the Governor of the Bahamas in the 1760’s. The House, adjacent to Dudley Triangle,  is open to the public for tours Thursday through Sunday from  June through September and by appointment on any weekday year-round. Weekend concerts are presented April through November. 

National Center of Afro-American Artists

300 Walnut Avenue
Boston, MA 02119

Tues-Sun: 1pm-5pm
Adults: $4
Children: $3

The National Center of Afro-American Artists serves as a celebration of black visual arts worldwide. Offered in the museum are African, Afro-Latin, Afro-Caribbean and African-American collections and many educational resources for children and adults. Their current exhibit, “Children=Hope” acknowledges the promise of young people by visualizing them through the prism of contemporary art.  It features the work of ten women artists active in Greater Boston  and will be on display through September 18th, 2011.

Highland Park

Highland Ave.
Roxbury, MA 02120

The four-acre Highland Park, home of the Fort-Hill Tower, was the location of the Continental Army’s fortification during the Siege of Boston in the American Revolutionary War.  In the warmer months, it is a great place to setup a picnic, play Frisbee, or just take in the Boston view.  In the snow-heavy winter, it serves as an excellent spot for sledding.

Roxbury International Film Festival

The 13th Annual Roxbury International Film Festival runs from Thursday July 28 – Sunday July 31, 2011. It includes workshops, panel discussions, and film screenings with a focus on films celebrating people of color. Film screenings will take place at the Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of Art, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, the Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall and the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Ticket pricing is based on event.

In July 2002, 22 Palestinian, Israeli and Palestinian Israeli teenage girls traveled to the United States to participate in a women’s leadership program called Building Bridges for Peace.  My So-Called Enemy is the story of 6 of the girls and how the transformative experience of knowing their “enemies” as human beings meets with the realities of their lives at home in the Middle East over the next 7 years. The film is playing Monday, July 25 at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.
Playing Saturday, July 30 at Haley House is Desert Flower, the autobiographical story of Waris Dirie, a Somalian woman circumcised at age 3, sold in marriage at age 13, who fled from Africa later to become an American supermodel. Now, at the age of 38, she is the UN spokeswoman against female circumcision. Click here for the festival’s full line-up.
Also on Saturday, July 30 at Wentworth Institute of Technology’s Blount Auditorium, a Furious Force of Rhymes looks at the role hip-hop has played as trans-national protest music. Over the course of the 84-minute voyage, the viewer encounters diverse characters—Israeli Jews, marginalized French Arabs, East German skinhead punks and West African feminists—who share a common musical language.

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Boston Neighborhood Highlights: Dorchester

Big Sister Recruitment Calendar: Weekend of July 15th-17th

Do you want to know where to find Big Sister’s Recruitment Team? Here is a list of all the events where we will be recruiting Big Sisters this weekend! If you have family, friends, or co-workers who would make great Big Sisters, have them stop by any of these locations to hear more about how they can change a girl’s life. Also, we love it when matches stop by and say hi!

Recruitment Table

Friday, July 15th from 3:00pm-7:00pm

J.P. Licks

352 Newbury St., Boston, MA

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Recruitment Table

Saturday, July 16th & Sunday July 17th from 11:00am-5:30pm

ArtBeat Festival

Davis Square, Somerville, MA

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SoWa Open Market

Recruitment Table

Sunday, July 17th from 10:00am-4:00pm

SoWa Open Market

300 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA

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Boston Neighborhood Highlights: Dorchester

Camels at the Franklin Park Zoo. Photo by Chris Devers

Camels at the Franklin Park Zoo. Photo by Chris Devers.

What do you know about Dorchester? Did you know that the first public elementary school in the country was started there in 1639? Or that in 1915 it opened the first supermarket in the world? Not only does Dorchester have a rich history, it has a rich supply of things to do – especially for match activities. See below for some of the different sights Dorchester has to offer:

Franklin Park Zoo

1 Franklin Park Rd
Boston, MA 02121

Adults – 16.00
Children – 10.00

The 72-acre Franklin Park Zoo is located in Boston’s historic Franklin Park. Zookeeper, a new family comedy which hits theaters today, was filmed on location at the Zoo.  Check out the Gorilla Family exhibit where you can meet the Zoo’s seven gorillas. You can also see an African lion in the Kalahari Kingdom, tigers in Tiger Tales, Masai giraffe and Grevy’s zebra on the Giraffe Savannah, as well as the many other incredible animals that call the Zoo home. From 10:00 a.m. – noon on the first Saturday of every month, all guests will be charged the children’s admission price.

JFK Library

Columbia Point
Boston, MA 02125

Adults – 12.00
Teens – 10.00
Children under 12 – Free

The JFK Library

The JFK Library was designed by renowned architect, I.M. Pei. Photo by Bill Ilott.

Tour the museum dedicated to the memory of the 35th president who, through his work in politics, sought to make the world a better place. At the JFK Library, you will find exhibits on the life, leadership, and legacy of John F. Kennedy, the First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, and his family.  One of the intriguing exhibits includes gifts given to President Kennedy by world leaders and some of the more eclectic gifts given  by admirers. If you can make the trip on Friday, August 12, museum admission is free thanks to Highland Street’s Free Fun Fridays!

Savin Hill Park

Grampian Way
Boston, MA 02125

Savin Hill Park is a small, but lovely neighborhood park featuring a tennis court and basketball court as well as different hiking trails.  From the top of the hill, you will encounter many visitors with their dogs taking in the panoramic view of Dorchester, Quincy and Boston Harbor. There are also plenty of grassy areas to bring a blanket and have a picnic.

Tenean Beach

Tenean St
Boston, MA 02124

Tenean Beach is great if you want to avoid the crowds that swarm Boston’s beaches in the summer. It has a beautiful view of the Boston skyline and plenty of activities for kids including a new playground, boardwalk and promenade. It is definitely one of Boston’s best kept secrets!

Strand Theatre

543 Columbia Rd
Dorchester, MA 02125

Strand Theatre opened its doors in 1918 to a diverse group of artists. Comedians, singers, plate-spinners, ventriloquists, dancers, musicians, acrobats, and animal trainers have all performed on its stage. Now the Strand serves as a cultural and educational resource to artists and audiences of all ages and types. Most importantly, it works to develop and implement youth arts education programs. Recent performers on the Strand stage have included the Boston Ballet, Ruben Studdard and Frenchie Davis of American Idol, the Boston Children’s Choir and the annual Poetry Slam. To find coming events:

Commonwealth Museum

220 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125


This newly established museum offers many interactive exhibits where you can view rare original documents and artifacts that tell the story of Massachusetts’ founding. You can enter a replica of the Arbella, the ship that transported the Pilgrims from England in 1630. Also on display are the thirteen original copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, the Massachusetts Constitution and the 1629 and 1691 charters. This museum is free to the public.

Community Spotlight: Big and Little Sisters Enjoy Boston Museums Thanks to Bank of America

Big and Little Sisters at the Institute of Contemporary Art on Saturday June 25

Big and Little Sisters at the Institute of Contemporary Art on Saturday, June 25.

Big and Little Sisters spent a Saturday enjoying the arts and sciences thanks to Bank of America, who donated nearly 60 tickets for the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Science to Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. Ticket donations such as these allow Big Sisters and Little Sisters to share fun and educational experiences throughout the city, free of charge.

A Big and Little Sister enjoy a day at the Museum of Science

A Big and Little Sister enjoy a day at the Museum of Science

Big and Little Sisters enjoy the day at the Museum of Science on Saturday, June 25.

Fun things to do with your Little Sister (July Edition)

2010 July 4th Fireworks Display by Flickr User Merritt Boyd

July 4th, 2010 Fireworks Display in Boston by Flickr User Merritt Boyd

Free Fridays!

Every Friday this summer, the Highland Street Foundation is providing free admission to various cultural attractions in Massachusetts for families and children. No registration or tickets are required. These are the participating locations and dates for July 2011!

July 1st – Museum of Fine Arts – Buttonwood Park Zoo – Edward Gorey House – Heritage Museums & Gardens

July 8th – Plimoth Plantation – Worcester Art Museum – Cape Cod Museum of Art – N.E. Historic Genealogical Society

July 15th – Museum of Science – Higgins Armory Museum – The Discovery Museums – Garden in the Woods

July 22nd – Franklin Park Zoo – The Sports Museum – Norman Rockwell Museum – Peabody Essex Museum

July 29th – Boston Children’s Museum – American Textile History Museum – New Bedford Whaling Museum – Shakespeare on the Common

Please visit for more information.

Fireworks Displays

Friday July 1st through Monday July 4th

Celebrate America’s Birthday with your Little Sister! There are many fireworks displays in the Greater Boston area. Visit to find a fireworks display in your hometown. Or go to the world famous Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular along the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, MA and enjoy a free concert! Please visit for more information about this event.

Redcoats on the Common

Boston, MA

Saturday, July 2, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The British are coming! The British are coming ! See a reenactment of how British soldiers invaded our city after Paul Revere’s famous Midnight Ride. Historic British regiments will arrive at Long Wharf and march up State Street to the Boston Common. It is a great educational way to celebrate America’s independence from England with your Little Sister! This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. Please visit for more information about this event.

Frog Pond Crafts

Boston, MA

Saturday, July 9 and Saturday, July 23, 11:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Enjoy a Saturday full of excitement and learning at craft workshops at the Boston Frog Pond Spray Fountain. After you and your Little Sister create fun crafts, cool off in the Frog Pond Wading Pool. This event is sponsored by the Frog Pond in partnership with Art Street. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters ages 7-13. Please call (617) 244-3171 for more information about this event. The Boston Frog Pond is located in the Boston Common at 84 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108.

Land and Sea Tour

Milton, MA

Sunday, July 10, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Bring your Little Sister to this land and sea adventure! First you will paddle a canoe down the Neoponset River, then head back to your starting point on a trolley tour discovering the rich history of the different communities you travel through. Paddling experience is required as no instruction will be given. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters ages 12 and up. Please call 617-542-7696 to register for this event and receive a meeting location.

Sand Castle Festival

Revere, MA

Friday, July 15th through Sunday July 17th 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Bring your Little Sister to view some amazing sand sculptures! There will be food and art vendors, live entertainment, Disney Radio, and more! This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. Please call 978-749-6700 for more information. This event is located on Revere Beach Blvd, Revere, MA.

Free Friday Flicks

Boston, MA

Friday July 15, 22, & 29 7:00 p.m.

Pack up a blanket, lawn chair, and picnic and head to the Hatch Memorial Shell for free movies! Here is the movie schedule for July: July 15th MEGAMIND, July 22nd Despicable Me, July 29th How to Train Your Dragon. These events are free and open to the public and are for Little Sisters of all ages. The Hatch Shell is located on Storrow Drive, Boston, MA. For more information or cancellation due to weather call 617-787-7200.

Big Sister Summer Picnic

Quincy, MA

Saturday, July 16, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Big Sister is proud to announce this year’s summer picnic! Bring your Little Sister out for a day of picnicking fun at Camp Harborview. Activities will include both indoor and outdoor games such as relay races, a balloon toss, and various crafts. A BBQ lunch will be provided. For dessert, the b.good ice cream truck will be dishing out milkshakes! This is a great way to ring in the summer and to meet other matches! This event will take place at Camp Harborview. Transportation will be provided for matches from a designated location and will be T accessible on either the red or blue lines. For more information or to register for this event, please contact Jennifer Gentile at

Food For Thought

Mattapan, MA

Saturday, July 16, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Help Support Youth in Crisis by attending their “Hoops and Scoops” event. There will be free food, ice cream, basketball games and trophies on the court. All proceeds raised will go to Youth in Crisis. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. This event will be held at the Mildred Community Center, 5 Mildred Ave, Mattapan, MA 02126. Please see for more information about this event.

Woodworking Workshop

Jamaica Plain, MA

Saturday, July 31, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

During this workshop you and your Little Sister will work together sanding, measuring, sawing, hammering, and carving to build a “memory box.” This event is free and for Little Sisters ages 11-14 and is open to 15 matches. Please contact Jennifer Gentile at to sign up for this event. The event will be located at the Eliot School at 24 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA.