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A place to stay informed about upcoming activities, events, and our general press releases.

Paying for College Workshop

When: Monday, November 6th 6:00-7:30pm

Who: Youth grades 6-12. Current & past Littles & High School Bigs and their parent/guardian and/or their Big. Siblings and friends of youth are also invited, but must RSVP.

Where: St. Cloud Federal Credit, Union’s Lower Community Room, (3030 1st St S. St. Cloud)

What: This workshop you will learn about FAFSA, college savings, loans, budgeting, scholarship opportunities, PSEO, and much more!

Pizza will be provided.

RSVP By: October 30th

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Ice Skating with SCSU

When: Saturday, October 28th 9:00-11:00am

Who: Littles only. (Matched & Waiting)

Where: Herb Brooks National Hockey Center Practice Rink

What: SCSU’s fraternity Delta Sigma Pi has invited Littles to skate at the hockey center. Please bring skates if you have them; if you don’t they will be provided. A light snack will be
provided.

Limit: 20 Littles

RSVP By: October 20th

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KVSC/UTVS Tour - Cancelled

This activity has been cancelled


Ice Skating with Delta Sigma Pi

When: Saturday, October 28th 9:00-11:00am

Where: Herb Brooks National Hockey Center at SCSU (Practice Rink)

Who: Littles only (Matched & Waiting)

What: Our Littles are invited to ice skate with members of the Delta Sigma Pi co-ed fraternity of SCSU! Ice skates and a light snack will be provided.

Limit: 20 Littles

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Announces Scholarship Recipients

ST. CLOUD, MN (August 3, 2017) –

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota is proud to announce the recipients of three unique scholarships exclusively available to youth involved with the program:

The Federated Challenge Scholarship, made possible by Federated Insurance and the Federated Challenge, awards deserving Big Brothers Big Sisters’ program participants who plan to continue their education in a non-four year post-secondary program at an accredited Minnesota school that is focused on apprenticeship, certificate, trade school, technical, or community college. The recipients of the Federate Challenge Scholarship are:

Tina Johnson, St. Cloud, second-year student of the St. Cloud Technical & Community College, was awarded $2000 to continue pursuing a degree in Advertising Communication & Design.

Emily Schimnich, Sauk Rapids, graduate of MN Connections Academy, was awarded a $1500 scholarship to purse a degree in Massage Therapy at Ridgewater College.

Joey Schimnich, Sauk Rapids, second-year student of Northland Community & Technical College, was awarded $5000 to continue pursuing a degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology.

Caitlyn Shaw, Big Lake, graduate of Big Lake High School, was awarded a $1000 scholarship to pursue an Associates of Arts Degree at North Hennepin Community College.

Alexia Scott, Foley, graduate of Foley High School, was awarded a $500 WWBD (What Would Bri Do) Memorial Scholarship to pursue a degree in Cross-Cultural Ministry at Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, Missouri. This scholarship was established to honor the memory of BriAnna Kruzel, a former Little Sister and High School Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program who passed away in September 2013. BriAnna’s family carries on the legacy of kindness and generosity BriAnna exemplified through What Would Bri Do, Inc., a nonprofit organization they founded to give back to the community.

Shelby Johnson, Foley, has been awarded a $500 nursing scholarship. She is currently studying to be an RN at Bethel University. The funding for Big Brothers Big Sisters’ nursing scholarship is provided by an anonymous donor interested in helping a former “Little”/mentee or High School “Big”/mentor pursue their RN degree.

Ann Matvick, Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Director states “It is an honor for Big Brothers Big Sisters to be associated with such generous and philanthropic organizations and individuals through which we can continue to impact the lives of young people and build the future of our communities.”

Federated Scholarship Recipients- Joey Schimnich, Tina Johnson, Emily Schimnich, and Caitlyn Shaw
Federated Scholarship Recipients- Joey Schimnich, Tina Johnson, Emily Schimnich, and Caitlyn Shaw


Tami Kruzel presents scholarship to Alexia Scott
Tami Kruzel presents scholarship to Alexia Scott

Shelby Johnson
Shelby Johnson

Toolkit for College 2017

Who: Youth in 6th—12th grade and their parent/guardian &/or mentor. Also, open to youth not involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

When: Monday, September 25th from 6:00 to 8:30 pm

Where: St. Cloud Technical & Community College (Free parking in Lot A—Enter Door 4)

What: An opportunity to learn all the details for the path to college…visit with college & military recruiters, presentation on BBBS scholarship opportunities, discussion on what you need to do to prepare for college, financial aid information, etc.

Recruiters that will be present:
St. Cloud Technical & Community College   
St. Cloud State University
University of MN—Crookston
University of MN—Duluth
Winona State University
College of St. Benedict
St. John’s University
College of St. Scholastica
Concordia College—Moorhead
Minnesota State University Moorhead
North Dakota State University
United States Navy
United States Army
United States Marine Corps
United States Air Force

Pizza will be provided. An RSVP to Ann at amatvick@bbbscentralm.org or (320) 258-4517 is required to attend.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Announces New Board Members and Officers

ST. CLOUD, MN (June 30, 2017) –

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota has announced new additions to the Board of Directors as well as the executive committee of the board.

The Board of Directors is comprised of 19 local professionals – including four executive committee members.

Newly-appointed members of the board include:
Photo 1- Alex Schoephoerster

Alex Schoephoerster, Stinson Leonard Street

Photo 2- Andy Knoblauch
Andy Knoblauch, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing, Coborn’s Inc.

Photo 3- Lee Hurd
Lee Hurd, Executive VP/COO, Bursch Travel Agency

 

The newly elected officers for Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Board of Directors are:

Marie Schmitz, Kern, DeWenter, Viere LTD, President

Vicky Welty, SCR, Vice President

Jeff Gannon, Miller, Welle, Heiser & Co., Treasurer

Bryan Bauck, CentraCare, Secretary

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Executive Director, Jackie Johnson, states “We are thrilled to welcome outstanding new members and distinguished leaders to our board. We are confident that our board’s strategic guidance and thoughtful counsel will ensure Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota continues to grow our program while providing safe, high-quality mentoring services to youth in our community.”

Bigs Night Out

Bigs Night Out-New

Summerland

Summerland

Hosted by the Darkhouse Angler Association

When: Wednesday, August 9th 5:00-8:00pm

Where: 1050 28th Ave NE. Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

Who: MATCHES ONLY

A picnic dinner will be provided.

We will have unlimited access to bumper boats, Go-Karts, and mini golf. The waterslide will be open from 5:00-6:00pm. The batting cage will also be available if Matches are interested - we can rent it out by the hour. If you or your Little would be interested in using the batting cage, please mention it when you RSVP!

Limit: 60 people

RSVP By: August 2nd

Transition to College Workshop

Thursday, July 20th from 6-8pm
FREE – pizza provided

Congratulations on your acceptance into college! Join us for this important workshop where you will learn how to become your own advocate in college, helping make your college experience positive and enjoyable!

Presentation by Kelly Radi author of Out to Sea: A Parent’s Survival Guide to the Freshman Voyage along with a panel of experts who will cover topics such as:
  • College Life—hear directly from college students
  • Campus safety
  • Living away from home for the first time
  • Financial aid
  • Classes and homework load – what to expect
  • Student engagement/services
  • Reality of independence and responsibility
Who: Graduating Seniors who will be attending college in the fall; parent/guardian/mentor welcome to attend as well! **also open students not involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters**

Where: St. Cloud Technical & Community College—Enter Door 4

Please RSVP by July 19th by contacting Ann Matvick at amatvick@bbbscentralmn.org or (320) 258-4517

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