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Anyone Can Make A Difference

Making a difference in the life of a child can happen in many different ways. Due to time constraints, or other circumstances not everyone can commit to mentoring, but there are other ways to help. People like Shantel VanWagoner show that with just a little bit of effort, anyone can make a difference. Shantel’s kids … Continued

2015 Summer Picnic

On July 29, 2015 we hosted a picnic for all Bigs, Littles, and their families at Murray Park. There was plenty to enjoy for all who attended the event. The kids hurtled from one exciting game to the next, with entertainment only a few steps in any direction. There was Tug-of-war, Cakewalk, Frisbee, face painting, … Continued

Mentoring Changes Lives

Oftentimes, one life can make the greatest of differences in many others. Sometimes, that difference is so keenly felt by many, but no one can know how truly powerful that effect is. For Teri Iverson, the Southern Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, that life belonged to Steven Petersen. Steven started his path … Continued

The Importance of Mentoring

For those of us, who grew up with role models like brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers who guided our decisions and lives, it can be difficult to imagine life without even one of these people who helped shape us into who we are. How could we become the person that we want to be without … Continued

Being There

More than a decade into my match with Jeremiah and there are still rewards every time we see each other. Most recently I called Jeremiah, who is now 17, about going to an RC helicopter flying competition — something I figured he would find pretty fun. To my surprise, he responded back that he needed … Continued

Big Brother of the Year 2015

We have had the pleasure of working with so many amazing mentors this year. However, Mike Frahm stands in a league of his own as our 2015 Big Brother of the Year. “Mike Frahm is one of the most exceptional mentors I have ever met,” our Match Support Specialist Skye Rydman said. “Mike has been … Continued

Big Sister of the Year 2015

We are proud to introduce Christine Heflin-Ewing as our 2015 Big Sister of the Year. Through her outstanding commitment to her Little Sister Florence, Christine has far exceeded the expectations of a normal mentoring-relationship. We have seen Christine attain an inspiring level of understanding of Florence. “(Christine) knows the core of Florence,” Big Brother Big Sister … Continued

Paying Mentoring Forward

  Asma and Anisa’s journey began with Big Brothers Big Sister of Utah nine years ago when they were six years old; since then, they have consistently had “Big Sisters” supporting them. This year, when they entered High School they transitioned to the Mentor 2.0 program, which focuses on college readiness and success for high … Continued