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Empower Your Teen

KidsInTheHouse.com | Posted 06.08.2016 | Parents
KidsInTheHouse.com

Statistically, I am supposed to be dead, in jail, or homeless. At 14, I'd been kicked out of so many foster homes that it became a game to me. I acted out because I didn't trust anyone, and I didn't expect that to change any time soon. So, how come I didn't end up as yet another statistic? ONE. CARING. ADULT.

Stephanie Hollman of 'The Real Houswives of Dallas' Discusses Family Violence

Ilana Rapp | Posted 05.02.2016 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Stephanie is like the comic relief on the show, but in real life, she is conquering serious issues and works with different charities.

Mentoring: A Promise of Youth Success

Melissa Beck | Posted 04.12.2016 | Impact
Melissa Beck

What does it mean to be an "adult"? One hundred years ago, you were considered an adult at age 18, or even younger by societal definitions. In 1904, t...

Redefining CEO: Chief Empowerment Officer

Melissa Beck | Posted 03.22.2016 | Impact
Melissa Beck

When I was hired as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County (BBBS) three years ago, my board chair at the time lovingly described me to the team as an "executioner;" nervous laughter ensued.

The Giving Pledge: Facilitating Game-changing Gifts for Social Change

Melissa Beck | Posted 03.04.2016 | Impact
Melissa Beck

I hate to break it to you, but a $10 million donation to increase Harvard's endowment doesn't have nearly the same impact as a similar gift to an institution aimed at social betterment.

Angels Outfielder Mike Trout Partners With Big Brothers Big Sisters

Melissa Beck | Posted 01.15.2016 | Impact
Melissa Beck

We're constantly looking for ways to expand our reach and help more children so we can continue with what we know works. Teaming up with Mike Trout will increase awareness nationally and allow us to serve more children locally.

What it Means to Be a Social Impact CEO

Melissa Beck | Posted 01.15.2016 | Impact
Melissa Beck

In terms of corporate giving, social responsibility programs have become pillars on which businesses stand. They build trust with employees, customers and stakeholders alike. Engaging employees strengthens bonds, creates loyalty and makes individuals more productive.

January is National Mentoring Month: 5 Ways Mentoring Will Change Future Generations

Melissa Beck | Posted 01.08.2016 | Impact
Melissa Beck

Think back to your childhood and the adults who influenced you to become who you are today. The person who encouraged you to do better in school, to p...

The Tested Solution for Troubled Youth Which We Are Overlooking

Laura Goldman | Posted 10.07.2015 | Impact
Laura Goldman

Instead of twiddling our thumbs waiting for Congress to act or continuously searching for the shiny new solution, maybe we should consider expanding a solution that has been around for a century.

Pit Bull Pup Rescued From Donation Bin Outside Walmart Gets Fresh Start

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 09.18.2015 | Good News

After a rough beginning, this puppy is getting the care he deserves. Shaun Derienzo and a coworker were emptying a "Big Brothers Big Sisters" donation...

Gay 'Big Brother' Adopts 'Little Brother'

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

Surrounded by death during the AIDS crisis, Larry Bennett wanted to focus on something happier and more positive, namely his desire to be a Big Brother and care for children.

Mentoring Each Other

Dorothy Howe Kelley | Posted 05.26.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Dorothy Howe Kelley

Mentoring. After seven years... here is what I have figured out. It is everything I thought it would be and conversely nothing I thought it would be....

Julia Craven

Mentoring Inquiries Surge After Baltimore Riots

HuffingtonPost.com | Julia Craven | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics

Riot-torn Baltimore's smoky skies have given way to a silver lining. More than 300 inquiries about mentoring young people have poured into Big Bro...

Making A Difference: The World of Giving - Authors, Books, Reading and Literacy

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

What are you reading? What was the last book you read? These are two of my favorite questions to ask in order to jump start a conversation with an old friend or a new acquaintance.

4 Ways To Be The Best Mentor

Rob Weaver | Posted 04.06.2015 | Business
Rob Weaver

Growing up in St. Louis, I was lucky to have several mentors that took me under their wing and helped me navigate humble beginnings. Others have worked diligently to help me accomplish what I have. It's my responsibility to offer the same to those that follow me.

'Remember: I Will Always Be Your Little Brother'

Dr. Tim Cavell | Posted 03.15.2015 | Parents
Dr. Tim Cavell

This week, I've been thinking about A, the first boy I mentored through Big Brothers Big Sisters. It was his birthday this week, and I try to send him birthday wishes each year, even though I'm no longer his Big Brother.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Honors NBC Entertainment's Jennifer Salke with Sherry Lansing Award

Julie Spira | Posted 12.27.2014 | Los Angeles
Julie Spira

Eight years ago, I realized I had the strong desire to make a difference in the life of a child and became a "big sister" to a ten-year old girl. It was one of the best decisions of my life.

Top 4 Back to School Service Ideas

Brad Jamison | Posted 11.08.2014 | Impact
Brad Jamison

Now that school's back in session, there are more opportunities than ever to give back and make a real difference in your community. Consider service opportunities to benefit school-age children and help other members of the community too.

School Reform Is Empty Without Love and Support

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 10.28.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

In a recent article in The New York Times, David Kirp wrote in opposition to "business models" being applied to education: Assessments, accountability...

Life Lessons Learned From Salsa

Lissa Coffey | Posted 09.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Lissa Coffey

Every one of us is going to have our own pace. We can't compare ourselves to other dancers, or other people. We need to be patient, and gentle with ourselves. Just do your best and trust in the process. When we keep going, we eventually get there. There are many paths to any destination.

This Tuesday, Give a Gift That Will Change a Life

David McMillan | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
David McMillan

Let's face it: the world can be a scary, unfair place, full of obstacles, difficult choices and inequities -- and that's especially true for at-risk children and children raised in single-parent households, such as I was.

Race for the Kids

Mark Standish | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Mark Standish

As a trustee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC -- the nation's first and New York's largest mentoring organization -- I've personally witnessed the difference a caring, adult mentor can make in the life of a child.

To the Five Boroughs: Mentors Wanted

Hector Batista | Posted 08.12.2013 | New York
Hector Batista

This Father's Day, as you reflect on your dad and how he changed your life for the better, please consider doing the same for a young person in need -- please consider becoming a Big.

7 Reasons Why You Should Become a Mentor

David McMillan | Posted 03.19.2013 | Impact
David McMillan

Mentoring isn't a one-way process. It's a two-way street. It has the potential to change -- indeed, to radically transform -- not just one life, but two.

Carter Oosterhouse On Home DIYs, Giving Back and Christmas

Joshua Estrin | Posted 02.05.2013 | HuffPost Home
Joshua Estrin

While I am known for many things, do-it-yourself projects are not my expertise. That is exactly why it is important to have good friends like Carter Oosterhouse, as he is that go-to guy that everyone needs in the name of all things design.