Monthly Archives: May 2013

Big Sister’s On the Road

Blog Post written by, Nikki White

Do you want to know where to find Big Sister this weekend? Here is a list of all the events where we will be recruiting Big Sisters on June 1st and 2nd! There are 500 girls waiting for a Big Sister. One is waiting for you! 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 make an impact on a girl’s life. Also, we love it when matches stop by and say hi!

Saturday, June 1

Winchester Town Day

Winchester Town Center, 9:00am-4:00pm

We will also be selling tickets for our annual Ford Mustang Raffle.

Winchester Town Day Website

 

 

Greens at The Buckle FarmEgleston Farmers Market

Egleston Square, Jamaica Plain, 10:00am-2:00pm

Stop by our table for Egleston Farmers Market opening day!

Egleston Farmers Market Website

 

 

Cambridge River Festival

Memorial Drive between JFK St. & Weste, Cambridge, 12:00pm-6:00pm

Cambridge River Festival Website

 

 

 

Sunday, June 2

BS Elly Van Faasen and LS AniahDorchester Day Parade

Washington Street & Dorchester Avenue, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Join us as we walk down Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester’s annual parade.

Dorchester Day Parade Website

May Big Sister Scene

Big Sister Scene Banner

imagesTalking to Your Little Sister About Gender Equality

Over the last 50 years, women have made great strides for equal rights, but inequality still exists in many situations.  For example, women today earn, on average, just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns, which adds up to approximately $11,000 per year (Hello Ladies News).  Additionally, in 2009 only 24 percent of CEOs in the US were women and they earned 74.5% as much as male CEOs (International Labour Organization) Women are also underrepresented in politics and make up only 17% of Congress (WCF Foundation). Moreover, 85% of survivors of Intimate Partner Violence are women (AllState Foundation).

For these reasons, and many more, it is important to raise a generation of girls and boys that  want to work towards gender equality.  As a Big Sister, you can play a big role in helping your Little Sister start thinking about gender equality  regardless of her age.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Education about the struggle that women have faced in the past and still face today.  One match activity that could help learn more about women’s history is to take a self-guided tour on the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail.  On their website, they have guides for tours in neighborhoods all over Boston.  They also have events and exhibits on women’s history.
  • Talk to women from different generations about what it means to be a feminist and what the word means to them.  You can also discuss with them what changes they have seen for women over the years.
  • Read a book together.  If your Little Sister is younger, there are several books of fairy tales written from a feminist perspective.  One example is Feminist Fairy Tales by Barbara G Walker.  If your Little Sister if older, read a book that discusses being a feminist as a young woman.  One example is A Little F’ed Up: Why Feminism is Not a Dirty Word by Julie Zeilinger.
  • Watch MissRepresentation or find a screening of the movie.  For more information, follow them on Facebook or check out their website.
  • When watching TV or a movie, discuss the ways that women are portrayed.  Are they portrayed with positive characteristics – such as being strong, confident and smart?  Or are they portrayed with negative characteristics – such as being manipulative, shallow, and sex objects?  You can also talk about music that your Little Sister may listen to.  The important thing to point out is that your Little Sister does not have to stop watching shows that portray women in a negative way; however, it is important for her to develop media literacy to critique these portrayals.
  • Identify and discuss sheroes, which are female heroes.  A shero can be someone that you know personal or a female role model that you look up to.  You can start the discussion with sheroes you are already familiar with – such as Michelle Obama, Hilary Clinton, or Beyoncé.  You can also look up other sheroes that you are not familiar with – such as Benazir Bhutto, Jane Goodall, or Melnea Cass.
BS Elly Van Faasen and LS AniahPay it Forward – Do you have women in your life who would make great Big Sisters?

Spread the message with the click of a button! If you are not already connected to Big Sister through Facebook please “Like” us or follow us on Twitter. There are a lot of great resources and posts that you can share.

Begin or continue the conversation! Talk with friends, family, and colleagues about the need for more women to inspire a girl in their community. It’s not about being perfect. It’s about being present.

Share your story! Write about your experience as a Big Sister, your favorite match activity with your Little Sister, or how you supported a friend to become a Big Sister and send them to Nikki White at nwhite@bigsister.org.

Upcoming Big Sister Events

Poetry & Photography Workshop

Saturday, June 1, 10:00am-12:00pm

Learn how to put your thoughts on paper through poetry or a short story with your Little Sister. Bring in 3-5 favorite photos for inspiration! Matches will have an opportunity to share what they’ve written at the end of class. To RSVP contact Jessica Mendenhall at jmendenhall@bigsister.org.

photo 21Real Choices, Strong Voices

Saturday, May 18

What better way to show your Little Sister how to reach a goal than with a fun-filled scavenger hunt around downtown Boston! 7-10 year-olds will learn skills to reach for their dreams during Big Sister’s Real Choices Strong Voices – Dream Big! workshop.

Please contact Holly Armstrong at harmstrong@bigsister.org to reserve your spot. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity!

Big Sister Stands for Boston

BSA Stands for Boston_cover photo

Blog Post by: Nikki White

Two weeks ago we asked Big and Little Sisters to take a picture with a sign “Big Sister Stands for Boston.” We shared them on Facebook to highlight the positive mentoring experiences they have every day  and to show that they are a part of the Big Sister community. Below are some of the pictures matches sent to us as well as thank you notes Little Sisters wrote to the Boston Police Department, First Responders, and hospital staff.

Little Sister Carolina, 12, of Jamaica Plain and Big Sister Jillian Flood love Boston because there's always something going on. They especially enjoyed going to the  Boston 'Ahts' festival in Christopher Columbus Park last year.

Little Sister Carolina, 12, of Jamaica Plain and Big Sister Jillian Flood love Boston because there’s always something going on. They especially enjoyed going to the Boston ‘Ahts’ Festival in Christopher Columbus Park last year.

Little Sister Liz, 11, of Roxbury and Big Sister Jacqueline Redmond's favorite thing to do together in Boston is favorite thing to do in Boston is go on try new things around town and see shows such as the Boston Ballet.

Little Sister Liz, 11, of West Roxbury and Big Sister Jacqueline Redmond’s favorite thing to do in Boston is to see shows such as the Boston Ballet.

Little Sister Azhane, 14, of Roxbury and Big Sister Julie D'Alessandro's favorite thing to do together in Boston is to walk around and "girl talk".  They also love 'Big Choices Strong Voices' workshops through Big Sisters.

Little Sister Azhane, 14, of Roxbury and Big Sister Julie D’Alessandro’s favorite thing to do together in Boston is to walk around and “girl talk”. They also love ‘Real Choices Strong Voices’ workshops through Big Sisters.

Little Sister Fior, 11, of the South End and Big Sister Margo Hudson's favorite thing to do is to bake crazy fun cakes even when there is no particular reason to celebrate.

Little Sister Fior, 11, of the South End and Big Sister Margo Hudson’s favorite thing to do is to bake crazy fun cakes even when there is no particular reason to celebrate.

Little Sister Leanne, 11, of Charlestown and Big Sister Emily Medford's favorite thing to do in Boston is to walk through the public garden and have picnics.

Little Sister Leanne, 11, of Charlestown and Big Sister Emily Medford’s favorite thing to do in Boston is to walk through the public garden and have picnics.

Letter Group

At the Big Sister Appreciation Breakfast on April 27, Big and Little Sisters shared their appreciation to the Boston Police Department, all First Responders, and hospital staff.