Youth Attend National Conference, Learn about Gangs and Bullying

Eleven youth from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area attended the Virginia Statewide National Conference in Glen Allen, VA on September 22 and 23rd. The Youth Cafe had presentations by the VA Attorney General with collaboration from the City Norfolk’s Commonwealth Attorney’s office on gangs and bullying. The opportunity was sponsored by the City of Danville Community Development and Police Departments, as well as DRF. For more information, call Pat Daniel (434)792-3700 ext. 234.

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Big/Little of July 2017 Announced

Mrs. Milam and LittleMargaret Milam is a former Title I teacher who uses her professional skills to assist the youth with Reading. She mentors in the school based program. The volunteer states the youth has been a joy to talk to. Margaret focuses mainly her “little”, but interacts with other students during lunch as well. She takes the young lady Reading material to assist with improving her Reading skills.

The youth, Alexandria has improved with her confidence and self-esteem. She says Ms. Milam coming to the school makes her day. She loves the attention the volunteer shows her. The youth is excited to see the mentor coming into the school. Alexandra’s teacher says she is very pleased with the youth’s progress. She reports that she has shown improvement, and wishes that there more people like Margaret. The volunteer states that she plans to be with Alexandria through college.

College Preparation

On August 3, 2017, Dough For Degree$ founder, Danielle Jeffers shared with “littles” the early preparations for college. Twenty middle through high school students and parents associated with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area attended this workshop.  Ms. Jeffers encouraged a close relationship with school guidance counselors to keep up with credits, to stay on target for graduation, and keep abreast of scholarship opportunities. She explained how to get ready for college mentally, academically, and financially. She also encouraged the youth to visit colleges as early and as frequent as possible for a better insight of their choice. For more information call Pat Daniel, Executive Director (434)792-3700 ext. 234.

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Backpack Giveaway

On August 7, 2017, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area helped seventy-four participants in the program get ready for their first day of school. The staff passed out book bags filled with healthy snacks, hygiene products, and t-shirts to get them started on the right foot. Hermani pictured here was one of the many smiling faces on her way back to George Washington High School. For more information call Pat Daniel, (434)792-3700 ext. 234.

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Daly Day of Donating

On July 13th, eight sales managers of the Daly Seven Corporation participated in the “Daly Day of Donating”.  Joe Daly, Corporate Director of Sales, led the event held at the Pepsi Building, Craghead St. The event started with a visit from the Mayor John B. Gilstrap and Blooper from the Danville Braves. Forty-five “littles”, twenty-five adult “Bigs”, volunteers and parents enjoyed face painting, dancing, Jenga, a photo booth, musical chairs and hula hoops. An O’Kelly’s lunch was provided by the corporation. A massive water balloon battle ended the afternoon. Special thanks to the Daly Seven Corporation and “J.P.” Piotrowski. For more information, call Pat Daniel (434)792-3700 Ext. 234.