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Guestblogger Big Sister Brenna Downing weighs in on her recent adventure out of the City for a match activity.
I’ve lived in Boston for almost four years, but I’m embarrassed to admit that I still haven’t explored a lot of the area’s landmarks and museums. So I was excited when I heard about last month’s match activity at the deCordova Museum in Lincoln.
My Little Sister, Amaia, and I will have been matched for 2 years in June. Like most 10-year-olds, she’s creative and imaginative, so I thought the Rachel Perry Welty exhibit at the deCordova would fascinate her. I was also excited to do something outside of the city, since the vast majority of our time (together and separate) is spent in Boston.
The exhibit focused on making art out of the things we’re surrounded with in everyday life, so the theme was interesting and accessible to even the littlest Little Sisters. There were large photographs where the artist was covered in things like twist ties, Styrofoam take-out containers, and price stickers. Amaia especially liked the row of iPhones that showed constantly updating Facebook posts from a day that Welty updated her status every minute for the entire day! It was a perfect exhibit for us to go to together – it was engaging, interactive, and made you think, without being stuffy.
Amaia loves meeting other Little Sisters, so we go to a lot of Big Sister’s planned match activities. When the group sat down for an art project after the exhibit, she bonded with another Little Sister over a shared love of dogs and got into a pretty opinionated debate over which was better – bacon or mac and cheese? Hmm, tough call.
Before we had even left, Amaia was already planning her collection of twist ties and our next visit to the deCordova.
For more information on the deCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA please visit: www.decordova.org
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Big Sister Events Calendar week of February 7th, 2011
Bunker Hill Community College Community Service and Internship Fair
Wednesday, February 9th from 9- 1:00 p.m.
Boston University Non-Profit Fair
Wednesday, February 9th from 3-7p.m.
Metcalf Ballroom of BU’s George Sherman Union
775 Commonwealth Avenue
We will be here with Big Brother! Be sure to bring any men you think would make great mentors! http://www.bbbsmb.org/
ASPIRE Volunteer Open House
Wednesday, February 9th at 6:30 p.m.
Finale in Coolidge Corner
1306 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446
On Your Feet Project Board Meeting
Wednesday, February 9th from 7-8p.m.
Diversity council meeting
Wednesday, February 9th from 6-8 p.m
Women’s Network Breakfast, Boston Chamber
Thursday, February 10th from 7:30-9 a.m.
Constellation Pharmaceuticals Cambridge
Thursday, February 10th from 11a.m.-12 p.m.
Grove Hall Library
Thursday, February 10th from 1-3 p.m.
Imparting a Legacy of Change – Women Working Together: Writing the Next Chapter of herSTORY
Friday, February 11th from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Northeastern University Curry Student Center
I remember my very first time at the Massachusetts Conference for Women. It was December of 2005. I was a recent college graduate in need of a job and sorely missing the support network of being a student. I was unsure what the conference would be like and what the day would bring, but as I walked into the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center that early and chilly Thursday morning, I felt optimistic that I may get some leads on job opportunities and was excited to attend the workshops and panels. What I actually got that day was so much more than just some business cards.
I remember walking in to the Convention Center and being surrounded by thousands of other women. These were women who were eager to learn and grow personally and professionally; women who were eager to mentor and support the younger generation in the crowd; women who wanted to reach out and connect with others. What I got that day at the first Conference was a new network beyond my friends from college; I got a network of other women who wanted to see me succeed, to help me grow personally and professionally.
Now in its fifth year, the Massachusetts Conference for Women remains a space where women gather to connect with each other, motivate and inspire others, and build their personal and professional skills. It is a space where over 4,500 women gather annually to hear from speakers like Suze Orman, personal finance expert and bestselling author; Ruth Simmons, president of Brown University; and Susan Taylor, editor emerita of Essence magazine and founder of the National Cares Mentoring Movement.
Every year, I look forward to the Massachusetts Conference for Women. I always leave the Convention Center feeling refreshed, energized, and inspired to do more. Women need more opportunities to connect with each other and we all need to ensure that we are taking responsibility for mentoring the next generation of young women leaders. In fact, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston has a booth at the conference where women attendees can learn about our mentoring opportunities to ensure that we are all doing our part to encourage, inspire, and support the next generation of young women. I’m excited that for the third year in a row I will be attending the Conference as a representative of Big Sister Association!
But why should we wait until the Massachusetts Conference of Women to encourage, inspire, and support another woman? Why does it take a space exclusively dedicated to women to help us reflect on our personal and professional goals? What if every day you felt supported and empowered, and in turn helped to instill confidence in a younger woman or girl? Isn’t that what being a mentor is all about?
I hope you’ll leave your comments on this and also join me and Big Sister Association at the Massachusetts Conference for Women on December 10!