05 Dec
  • By Tony Anderson
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Big Brother / Little Brother 2

When the child came into the program he was one of 6 children that had been taken in by their aunt after dad was in jail for child abuse and mom was living with the children in a crack house in some other state. All the children were in very bad shape yet with time […]

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14 Jun
  • By Tony Anderson
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WANTED: A Few Good Men

By Al Parker “We need men!” That’s the plaintive cry from Cecilia Chesney, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan. The organization, which provides one-to-one mentoring to more than 300 at-risk youngsters in an eight-county region, is in dire need of male mentors for boys in the program, Chesney tells The Ticker. […]

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03 Apr
  • By Tony Anderson
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Match Story

High School Big Brother and his Little have been matched for 5 months in the school-based program. The Little Brother is in 4th grade and is going through some rough times because his parent has stage 4 cancer. The Big Brother has been an outstanding Big this year, not only because he is one of […]

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11 Feb
  • By Tony Anderson
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The Joy Of Being A ‘Big’

When I became a Big Brother 10 years ago, I had no idea how my life was about to change. For some reason, I walked into the program thinking the one hour I spent a week with my first Little – third grader David – would mean drilling him on his spelling words or quizzing […]

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05 Sep
  • By Tony Anderson
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Big Brother / Little Brother 1

Matched in August of 2008. Within first two weeks of supervision we learned the family was moving because mom was going into rehab and all the children were being placed with other family members through foster care. The Big continued to meet with the Little consistently while the child was in placement with other family […]

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05 Sep
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Big Sister / Little Sister

Matched 8 years. The Child first lived with mom when entering the program and then moved to dad’s due to mom’s substance abuse. Over the year’s dad has struggled with her daughter’s adolescent stuff. Dad recently decided it was more important to have a girlfriend than a daughter. So dad voluntarily gave up his rights […]

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05 Sep
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Big Brother / Little Brother 5

Big and Little have been matched for 7 years. In that time they have made a good friendship and done a lot of activities together but hardship has followed throughout their time together. In late November 2010 through regular supervision contact with the parent we first learned that the child was in a detention center […]

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05 Sep
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Big Brother / Little Brother 4

Were matched 8 years. Match ended in March of 2010. Big and Little are still in touch. Just prior to end of the match the Little had a child of his own at the age of 18. While the Big was surprised and concerned, he says the child is showing some responsibility. The Little is […]

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05 Sep
  • By Tony Anderson
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Big Brother / Little Brother 3

Matched 2 years. The Little is being raise by his Great Grandparents, one of which is bedridden. Mom was in an Alcohol treatment facility for substance abuse when the child came in to the program, and has since only sporadically seen the child when convenient or needing something. The child does not think of her […]

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