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Agency News

September 2021

Hello Friends,

September is a season of change. Change in weather, change in schedules, and change in colors. We are welcoming all that change with open arms here at BBBS! We're excited to see what the Fall season has in store for us as we begin making new matches and be a resource for our existing matches.

A major change that we're excited to announce is the hiring of our new CEO, Connie Askin. Connie earned an MBA from Olin Graduate School of Business and spent her undergrad years at Harvard University. She has held senior level positions in both business and non-profit organizations, including City Year and Year Up. Connie said “The past year and a half has been so challenging for children and families. As a relentless believer in silver-linings, I am excited to be part of a team that is actively helping alleviate some of that stress by matching caring adults and children in our communities who will benefit from this kind of actionable optimism.” 

Beginning this Fall, we are partnering with the Mental Health Collaborative for a brand new mental health literacy program. The virtual program will be brought to Bigs, Littles, Parents/Guaridans, and our Staff. Mental health can be a very serious and sometimes even scary topic, but after completing MHC programming, participants have reported feeling less afraid and actually empowered by their new knowledge. MHC has even created a virtual series of programs for Bigs and Littles to do together that will foster greater openness and connection with each other. More information will be available later this Fall.

Thank you for your continued support!

The Team at Big Brothers Big Sisters

Program Highlight


Our Community-Based matches have been busy the last month! It has been great seeing matches at some outdoor events and we look forward to hosting more events in the Fall.

On August 20th, we hosted matches at a Woo Sox game at Polar Park! About 20 matches attended the game and took in the sights at the new baseball park in downtown Worcester. For some, it was their first baseball game experience and made for an exciting night!

We also hosted a series of outdoor events at the end of August that matches were able to enjoy together. Activities included yoga in the park, kayaking, and hiking. Thank you to all our matches who participated!

Match Spotlight

This month, we are excited to introduce you to one of our great matches from the Mazie Mentoring Program. Meet Abdul and Henry! Abdul is 18 years old and a Senior at Framingham High School. He has been matched with his mentor, Henry, for about two years. Abdul is looking forward to attending college next Fall. He is thinking about majoring in business but is still keeping his options open. 

Henry signed up to be a mentor in the Mazie Mentoring Program because he wanted to give back to his community. He feels that young people want to be heard and he is eager to listen and learn from them. Henry and Abdul enjoy being outdoors and kayaking. It was difficult to see each other during the pandemic but they are looking forward to making up lost time!

Mazie Mentoring Program

The Mazie Mentoring Program is looking forward to a new school year in Framingham, Marlborough, and Waltham high schools. If you or if you know someone who may be interested in mentoring high school students in those areas, please reach out using the email below. We're looking forward to making many new matches this Fall!

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

Rodman Ride for Kids | September 25
Foxborough, MA

Rodman Ride for Kids is an annual noncompetitive charity bike riding event. This year, BBBS is able to have a limited number of Ride Day participants on September 25th in Foxborough! Help us raise over $100,000 to support BBBS programs. Register or Donate Today!

For questions, email Lindsay.McCarthy@bbbscm.org.

The Big Celebration | 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 on Thursday, November 18th. More information will be available soon!

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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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