ONE-TO-ONE IN 2021
It’s not easy to connect one to one in a world of 6’ distancing, masks and zoom calls. So, how do we persist in the face of continued separation?
Throughout this pandemic we have seen a lot of creativity from our matches, from Bigs dropping off books and then calling to discuss what they’ve read, or sending cookie decorating kits for an online zoom cookie-decorating party, to workout challenges and socially distanced beach adventures.
Recently, a mom of a Little Brother in our program shared with me that her son and his Big connect through woodworking. They’ve even created habitats for Human Society’s animals. They start by deciding what to do and then work on the project separately, video chatting to ask questions or to show each other what they’ve accomplished.
I’m inspired by all the creativity and resilience of our Bigs and Littles. However, I know that the extended isolation and difficulties connecting is wearing us down. If you are getting burnt out, or find yourself frustrated and at a loss for how to best connect with your Little, this is the place for you to receive new inspiration and ideas through stories of connection.
Inspire and Encourage!
Our BBBS Match Support Specialists will provide a monthly story of a Big and a Little on this blog as well as other fun ideas. And we hope that you will also contribute (Bigs, Parents and Littles), and share what has been meaningful for you as you’ve worked to build your relationships through this time.
How to Contribute Your Story:
Visit www.SDBigs.org/connection to submit your story.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is celebrating 60 years of mentoring in 2021! We are extremely proud of the legacy of lives who have been changed, both Littles and Bigs, through the power of one to one mentoring.
What will your legacy be this year? How do you want to make a difference? Let’s commit to strengthening our BBBS community through connection. Empower your Littles to know they can change the world. Don’t teach them to be fearful and disheartened by the state of the world, but hopeful that they can do something about it. In spite of obstacles, we will persist and continue to build meaningful relationships that change lives. #BBBSFAMILY
CEO, BBBS of San Diego County