Big Brothers Big Sisters “X-Force Think Big” Program ends with Success

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Big Sister, Kelli Barker and Little Sister, Shania Bennett niece of Debra Wheeler from Sidney enjoy a Workforce activity together.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters 2016/17 X-Force Think BIG program concluded its’ very first year of programming. During the last session they celebrated with pizza, learning soft skills, and certificates of completion.

The program paired adult mentors with Sidney Middle School students. The “matches” met twice a month throughout the school year. Once a month they learned what skills are needed to find a job and how to be successful in it. They also learned what their strengths were and what profession they may be interested in. The second visit of the month was held at local businesses so they had the opportunity to apply the skills learned in a hands-on environment. These businesses included the Sidney Library, Sidney Body Carstar, US Bank, and Edison Community College. All activities are planned and supervised by the Big Brothers Big Sisters staff.

The mentors for the first year’s program included: Chad Arkenberg from the City of Sidney, Kelli Barker from Tradewinds Financial, Jenny Bruns from Big Brothers Big Sisters, Gordon Buchler from Ohio Valley Integration Services, Inc., Renee David & Sharon Maurice from Sidney City Schools, and Tonya Slonaker from Russia schools.

Big Brother Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County is a nonprofit United Way agency and an affiliate organization of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Any adult interested in becoming a mentor for the X-Force Think Big program for the 2017-2018 school year should call the office at 492-7611 or 547-9622.  The agency is also still in need of local adult volunteer mentors as well for the community based program.  If you have a couple of hours to spare two times a month we have volunteer opportunities for you.