Monthly Archives: April 2012

Haley House Displays Artwork By and About Little Sisters

Beginning on April 23, the Dudley Square-based nonprofit Haley House will display a series of artwork by and about girls who take part in Big Sister Association of Greater Boston’s programs.  Pieces will include dolls constructed of recycled materials, professionally shot photographic recreations of famous works of art featuring Little Sisters as present-day subjects, collaged plates, and portraits painted by and of Big and Little Sisters.

Most of the artwork was created throughout 2011 at different events organized by Big Sister Association for Big and Little Sister matches. During these activities, Big and Little Sisters spend time together while having fun and learning new ways to express themselves.

The collaged plates were created by Little Sisters from Big Sister Association’s Life Choices program, in which teen girls come together in a group setting to explore the choices and challenges that they face as adolescents.

 The Artists’ Reception will take place on Saturday, April 28 from 4:00-6:00 PM, and the artwork will remain on display through June 1. Haley House Bakery Café is located at 12 Dade Street in Roxbury. Make sure to stop by and check it out!

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Eastern Bank and Adrian Gonzalez Team Up for Mentoring

Big Sister is very excited to be a part of this year’s charitable partnership between Eastern Bank and all-star slugger Adrian Gonzalez, who have teamed up to support youth mentoring in Eastern Massachusetts. In addition to Big Sister, four other organizations will benefit from this year’s campaign: Old Colony Y, Family Service, Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, and Children’s Friend and Family Services of Salem. Eastern Bank and Adrian chose these five organizations because they believe that a good mentoring program can help children stay focused, stay in school, stay off drugs, and build self-confidence. Of course, Big Sister strongly agrees!

If you watched the Opening Day baseball game on NESN last Thursday, you may have seen a TV spot starring Adrian and promoting this partnership. If you missed it, you can still check it out here.

The next thing you’ll want to do is take a look at Eastern Bank’s Facebook page  and “like” them.  Eastern Bank’s Facebook page is a great community forum, and often provides opportunities for fans to share their thoughts on a range of topics and even promote the work of their favorite nonprofit (whether that is Big Sister, or another organization). Liking Eastern Bank’s Facebook page will also help keep you in the loop as the next phase of the campaign kicks off. Eastern Bank will be holding a summertime sweepstakes only on their Facebook page, and every entry received will generate money towards a fund that will benefit the five mentoring organizations (including us)!

Stay tuned for more details!

Big Sister Association Diversity Council Event Encourages Women and Girls to Rethink Social Media

On March 14th, 50 women and teen girls attended Big Sister Association’s Diversity Council Conversations Among Women event, T.M.I.: How Much is Too Much, Protecting Your Online Reputation. This was the second in a four-part series, which was created to start a dialogue in the city around issues that are important to women and girls of color, with the goal of increasing the organization’s visibility to inspire more women to become Big Sisters.

Neva Grice, from the Boston Police Department, and Simmons College professor Ulli Ryder, PhD, started an informative conversation on the dangers of social media in forming an online identity and concrete strategies on how to protect yourself. There were compelling discussions from both women and teen girls about the differences and similarities of how both age groups use social networking sites and the negative and positive impacts.

The group shared their own positive and negative experiences using social media.

The event closed with the evening’s facilitator, Kameelah Benjamin-Fuller from Global Novations, asking the audience to share their plans for navigating social media in the future. One teen girl said she plans to be more aware of what she writes on Facebook, and will make sure she is writing more positive comments about people than negative. One woman said that she will reevaluate her different social media accounts to make sure that each really represents how she wants to be portrayed.

Small groups discussed their personal action steps for managing their social media in the future.

This event could not have been successful without our sponsor Boston Scientific’s Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Achievement; our host, Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change; and our speakers, Neva Grice, Ulli Ryder, PhD, and Kameelah Benjamin-Fuller.

Pictured from left to right are: Mia Roberts, Vice President of Recruitment and Community Partnerships, Big Sister Association; Ulli Ryder, PhD, Simmons College; Deb Re, Chief Executive Officer, Big Sister Association; Neva Grice, Boston Police Department

Stay tuned for part three of the series on June 13th!

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

Belle Isle Marsh Reservation

Birding Belle Isle

East Boston, MA       

Saturday, April 14, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Bring your Little Sister to Belle Isle Marsh. This is a hot spot for bird sightings! Join a DCR Ranger and look for spring migrants in and around Belle Isle, and also enjoy a leisurely hike. Please bring binoculars. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. Meet at Belle Isle Marsh main parking area, off Bennington St, East Boston, MA. For more information about this event please visit http://www.mass.gov/dcr/events.htm.  


Terrific Tree Treasure Hunt

Saugus, MA

Friday, April 20, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 Visit Breakheart Reservation for a fun treasure hunt with your Little Sister during her school vacation week! You will learn about trees and Asian Long Horned beetles while searching for hidden treasure! Drop in anytime during the allotted time periods for the 45 minute hunt. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters ages 8-14. Meet at Christopher P. Dunne Vistor Center, Breakheart Reservation, 177 Forest St, Saugus, MA. For more information about this event please visit http://www.mass.gov/dcr/events.htm.


Teen Matches Give Back

Dorchester, MA      

Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

Big Sister Association is partnering with Boston Cares to help clean Dorchester park on Global Youth Service Day! We are inviting 10 teen matches to participate in this community service match activity. Gardening tools will be provided. Please wear long sleeves, full length pants and gloves. This event is free and is for Little Sisters ages 14 plus. For more information or to RSVP for this event please contact Jennifer Gentile at jgentile@bigsister.org or 617-236-8366. Space is limited to this event so please confirm with your Little Sister before signing up for this event.

Earth Day Recycling

175 N Harvard St.

Allston, MA  

Saturday, April 21, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  

Tour the Harvard Recycling and Surplus Center. Here used computers get refurbished, clothing is bagged, books are boxed, and items of all kinds are stored for donations to charities. Join Rob Gogan, Manager of Harvard Recycling Services, to make and take home your own recycled paper. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters ages 8-14. Space is limited, and advanced reservations are required. Call 617-495-3216 for reservations and more information or visit http://peabody.harvard.edu/family


Science of Sports

Madison Park High School

Roxbury, MA

Sunday, April 22, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Come learn about the science of sports! Dive into workshops, demonstrations, and activities with athletes, trainers, video game makers, sports medicine doctors, architects, and scientists! Learn how to make ice cream with liquid nitrogen and more! This event is free and open to the public and is for Little sisters of all ages. For more information about this event please visit http://cambridgesciencefestival.org/Home.aspx.

Inspiring Minds: Meet Women in Science

Museum of Science

Boston, MA

Sunday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

What are the opportunities and obstacles for women in science? Hear from inspiring women who are taking on challenges in science and technology. Meet these extraordinary scientists and entrepreneurs and learn how you can start your own career in a scientific field. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters ages 14 plus. This event is located at the Museum of Science Blue Wing Level 1. For more information about this event please visit http://cambridgesciencefestival.org/Home.aspx.


Arnold Arboretum Drop-In Activities

125 Arborway

Boston, MA

Sunday, April 29, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Drop-in with your Little Sister for some fun activities at the Arnold Arboretum! Stop by anytime during 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. for activities that may include scavenger hunts, science investigations, craft activities, stories, short guided walks and more. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters ages 7-10. This event is located under a tent outside of the Hunnewell Building or inside if weather is bad. For more information about this event please call 617-384-5209.