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Long-Awaited Home Opens for Big Brothers Big Sisters

MIAMI - April 4, 2016 - Most ribbon-cutting ceremonies feature about as much genuine emotion as a GPS voice. But when Carnival Cruise Lines CEO Arnold Donald and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami President Lydia Muniz did the big ceremonial snip Monday for the Carnival Center for Excellence, it wasn’t once more without feeling. Read more here.

Mentoring Matters: Carnival Center for Excellence Opens for Kids & Mentors

MIAMI - April 4, 2016 - Mentoring kids in South Florida got a big boost on Monday with the official opening of the Carnival Center for Excellence, the new headquarters for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami. Read more here.
 

Florida lawmakers opt not to change how after-school programs are funded

TALLAHASSEE - March 17, 2016 - How Florida gives state money to organizations that provide after-school care, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Boys & Girls Clubs, won’t change anytime soon. Read more here.

Focus on South Florida: Mentoring Matters

MIAMI - February 14, 2016: http://miami.cbslocal.com/2016/02/14/focus-on-south-florida-mentoring-matters/

 Focus on South Florida: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami

MIAMI - February 14, 2016: http://miami.cbslocal.com/2016/02/14/focus-on-south-florida-big-brothers-big-sisters-of-miami/

Mentoring Matters: 2-Time Super Bowl Champion Inspires Others to Give Back

MIAMI GARDENS - February 8, 2016 - His fingers may be studded with NFL Championship rings now, but Darrin Smith’s journey to stardom wasn’t an easy one. It started with a man who volunteered his time to change a young boy’s life. Read more here.

Florida's Funding for After-School, Mentoring Programs Could Change

TALLAHASSEE - Republican leaders of the Florida Senate want to drastically change how they dole out funding for after-school programs that provide homework help, mentoring and gang prevention services to thousands of children, often living in Florida’s most impoverished and vulnerable neighborhoods. Read more here.
 

Work/Life Balancing Act: Shaping Young Lives Through Mentorship is Rewarding, and Productive

MIAMI - January 19, 2016 - Lincoln Vidal has been juggling a heavy workload as an attorney at Norwegian Cruise Line with his marriage, a toddler and a recent house move. Squeezing in time to mentor a child hasn’t been easy, but Vidal just saw the payoff of the five years he has put in as a Big Brother to now 14-year-old Chris: “He was talking about going to college and I felt, wow, maybe he was listening the whole time.” Read more here.
 

Mentoring Is Vital to Children's Future

MIAMI - January 11, 2016 - While our local news and cultural headlines provide ample evidence of possibility and evolution in Miami-Dade County, there’s one particularly dissonant statistic: South Florida ranks dead last among 51 major metro areas for its volunteer rate. This was the result of a report from the Corporation for National & Community Service, a federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps. Read more here.
 

Carnival Foundation donates $5 million to Big Brothers Big Sisters

MIAMI - January 21, 2015 - More than 20 years after making its first donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, Carnival Foundation on Wednesday will announce a $5 million gift to help the nonprofit organization move into a permanent home. The donation — the largest ever given to the Miami chapter of the national mentoring organization — will go toward the $7 million purchase and modification of a building at 550 LeJeune Rd. in Miami. The sale of the building, which will be called the Carnival Center for Excellence, closed Tuesday evening. Read more here.

In This Amazing Young Man I Will Always Believe

Fall 2015 - I first joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters program while a Tufts undergraduate. My roommate, Rich Edlin, A82, signed me up to help mentor twin boys from Medford. It was pretty easy. We did entirely ordinary things with the boys—watched football and played basketball or watched basketball and played football. Somehow doing ordinary things seemed less ordinary. It felt good. When I returned home to Miami after law school, I joined my local Big Brothers chapter, with hopes of continuing the experience. Big Brothers matched me with a six-year-old gap-toothed boy living in an impoverished Miami neighborhood I knew only as a place to avoid driving through. That’s how I met Travis. Read more here.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Celebrates National Mentoring Month

MIAMI – December 18, 2013 – This January Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami leads the National Mentoring Month initiative, a nation-wide awareness campaign promoting mentoring and the extreme need for mentors in South Florida.  The goal of the campaign is to recruit hundreds of volunteers willing to work with kids through local mentoring agencies including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami.

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Mark Your Calendars - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami's 2013-2014 "Fun Raising" Events!

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Big Brothers Big Sisters receives $20k Grant from Comcast

MIAMI (September 2013) - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami is pleased to announce, it has received a $20,000 grant from the Comcast Foundation to support the organization's mentoring programs. "Without strong support from Miami's business leaders, such as Comcast, we would not be able to do our life-changing work," says Big Brothers Big Sisters President and CEO Lydia Muniz.

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"All That Jazz at Joe's" Miami's Coolest Fresh Stone Crab and Champagne Brunch

Get ready to jazz it up on Sunday, October 27th from 11:00 a.m. - 2 p.m. when the Women's Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami hosts its annual benefit luncheon, "Jazz at Joe's." The Sunday Brunch takes place at Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant, 11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. WLVE-FM, 93.9's Gina Martell will emcee the festivities. Pre-luncheon champagne reception includes a fabulous raffle featuring fine jewelry, getaways and beauty packages. Jazz musicians will entertain the lively crowd while they enjoyed their FRESH stone crabs, Joe's famous cole slaw, hash browns, creamed spinach, and the landmark restaurant's award-winning key lime pie.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Name 2013-2014 Officers, New Board Members

MIAMI (July 2013) - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, the premier mentoring organization of South Florida, recently added four members to its Board of Directors and elected its 2013-2014 leadership team. New members of the board are: Courtney Cunningham, The Cunningham Group; John Gordon, Deloitte; Jerrell Moore, Burger King; Stan Shaffer, Lockton Companies, LLC.

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Shark Tank Celebrity Daymond John Discusses the Impact of Mentoring!

MIAMI (May 30, 2013) - On Friday, May 17th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami and the Lowenstein Family hosted the 8th annual Big Impact Breakfast at the Ritz Carlton South Beach. Over 350 people attended the “friendraiser” event to learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami and the life-changing impact of its mentoring programs.

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Carnival Corporation & PLC Donates $300,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami

MIAMI (January 31, 2013) - Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) has made a donation of $300,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Greater Miami, an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children through mentorship opportunities. The donation - [one of the largest local gifts to BBBS of Greater Miami] - is the result of sponsorship proceeds from a book commemorating the 25 years since Carnival Corporation & plc's initial public offering.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Names New Board Members

MIAMI - (January 2013) - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, the premier mentoring organization of South Florida, recently added seven members to its Board of Directors. "We are very excited about having these highly influential members of the business community join our board to help us continue to grow and serve more children. Without strong support from Miami's business community, we would not be able to do our life-changing work", says Big Brothers Big Sisters President and CEO Lydia Muniz.

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2013 Orange Bowl Paddleboard Championship Article: http://www.supthemag.com/news/ching-appleby-win-orange-bowl-paddle-championships/ Article written by former Board Chairman and graduate Big Brother Dan Gelber on "24 Years of Mentoring": http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/01/04/3168125_what-mentoring-can-do.html#storylink=addthis Article of donation Carnival Cruise Lines made to BBBS on Jan. 4th at the Miami Heat/Chicago Bulls game at half time: http://carnival-news.com/2013/01/07/carnival-corporation-plc-donates-150000-to-big-brothers-big-sisters-of-greater-miami/