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Agency News

October 2021

Hello Friends,

Thank you for reading our October newsletter! It has been a busy and exciting month. Our new CEO, Connie Askin, officially started on October 1st and has already been a positive and supportive addition to the team! You can learn more about Connie here.

Also, since our last newsletter, we had the chance to share our story with the Worcester Telegram and Gazette. We discussed our plans for the future and an exciting MYSTEAM event that was held for our matches. If you missed the article, you can find it here.

Thank you for your continued support!

The Team at Big Brothers Big Sisters

Program Highlight


One of our newer programs, Girls E-STEAM Mentoring, or GEM, has spent the month of September learning about S.T.E.A.M and the Universe. On top of stargazing journals, marshmallow constellation art and cardboard star viewers that matches worked on together throughout the month, GEM matches also had the privilege of taking part in a simulated virtual mission in space, hosted by the Christa McAuliffe Center.  Bigs and Littles got to work in teams and take on the roles of astronauts, scientists, and engineers trying to gather soil samples from the surface of Mars. The Christa McAuliffe Center provided experienced educators to help guide and lead this group activity, which was equal parts fun and difficult. Everything from math equations and map reading, to memorization and sample collection, our GEM team had to be ready for everything as they explored the surface of Mars. The GEM Team got to test their teamwork, solve problems, and make difficult decisions on the fly, all while having loads of fun! With another fantastic month of GEM in the books, it’s time to start learning about STEAM and Wildlife of the World.

Match Spotlight

This month, we are highlighting a very special match - Michael and Andrew! Michael and Andrew were first matched through our Corporate Mentoring Program at Hanover Insurance in Worcester. At the time, Andrew was only in 3rd grade and is now a Freshman in High School! As their relationship has grown, they became a Site-Based Plus Match so they can meet outside of the corporate-site setting and do all sorts of fun activities! Here's a few images of Michael and Andrew enjoying the wild, Codzilla, boat ride in Boston this past August.

Michael also happens to be a dedicated Board Member. He has been an integral part in transitioning our Big Celebration Gala to a virtual format. Thank you, Michael for being an amazing Big, Board Member, and BBBS friend.

Mazie Mentoring Program

The Mazie Mentoring Program will be hosting their bi-annual Match-Up Days this November! Match-Up Day is when all new mentors and mentees will meet for the first time and start to build their relationships. Matches will participate in fun activities to get to know one another. Marlborough High’s event will be November 6th at 10am and Framingham High’s will be November 13th at 10am.

If you're interested in learning more about the Mazie Mentoring Program, please email mazie@bbbscm.org.

About the Mazie Mentoring Program

The Mazie Mentoring Program matches at-risk high school students in Framingham, Waltham, and Marlborough with dedicated adult mentors for their Sophomore through Senior years of high school. Its objective is to provide young people with the support to help them achieve their goals and succeed. Since its foundation in 1998, the program has served 1,000 students. Created to honor the legacy of John Andrew Mazie, the program is in its 22nd year of operation. Since 2017, the program has been operated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass & MetroWest.

Special Events

Big Night In | November 18

We have recently decided to pivot our Big Celebration event to a virtual format out of an abundance of caution. Join us for a virtual Big Celebration, or Big Night In, on Thursday, November 18th. An online auction will begin on Wednesday, November 10th. Registration will be available soon!

Stand With Us Today to Defend Potential

When children and teens have the influence of a caring adult, they are more likely to avoid risky behaviors and to focus on academics. Today's youth face a variety of challenges, and being matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister can help them navigate these challenges and reach their potential.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass & MetroWest
484 Main St. Suite 360
Worcester, Massachusetts 01608


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