This past year proved to be challenging for all of us, but at Big Brothers Big Sisters we think about the impact on our youth. Throughout the pandemic we have continued to find ways to ensure our Littles feel a sense of safety and belonging by supporting them and reminding them that they are not alone. Not only did we call our youth and families every month to check on their needs, we also developed a virtual playbook to share with mentors containing loads of interactive virtual ideas to support things like leadership development, healthy living, planning for the future, life skills and so much more. We saw an increase in the number of youth reporting they have a caring adult in their life. We also had to get creative with fundraising, as our traditional in person Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser was cancelled due to the pandemic. 2021 marks the first year of our MOVE for Kid’s Sake event. This event was made in response to Covid-19 as a way to get active while simultaneously supporting our youth.
We also focused on creating fun events and workshops for our youth and mentors to include a STEM celebration, mental health and self-esteem workshops, Women’s History Month chat with Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive for the state of Michigan, and so many more. We also leaned, with great passion, into reframing our work with a lens of justice, equ