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  • Bowling for a Cause
  • From saddle shoes to platforms to stilettos, then bowling shoes, community members bowled Saturday through the “Dances of the Decades” Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser. Lisa Morel Las, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties, said this event is a thank you for those who raised money to support the children in the program. 
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  • Local AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers Assist Big Brothers Big Sisters Agency
  • As Brooke Denham puts her social work skills to use at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will County, she gains not only valuable experience, but helps the agency grow. Denham is one of two AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers assisting the Joliet and Morris area social service agency. Maricruz Diaz, another volunteer, helps the agency with its mentor2.0 program.
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  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties Earns Support From AT&T
  • AT&T Aspire initiative provides $75,000 contribution to support Mentor2.0 program at Joliet Township High School.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters kicked off its Mentor2.0 program with support from a $75,000 contribution from AT&T. This contribution is a part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature education initiative focused on school success and career readiness. AT&T Aspire has impacted more than 1 million students since its launch in 2008.
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  • Matched with Mentors
  • Mentor2.0 program launches in Joliet High School District 204
  • Ariana Zasada hopes to one day play softball and be an athletic trainer after high school. A mentor could help the Joliet high school sophomore achieve those goals. On Wednesday, Zasada, 15, met her mentor Beth Hughes for the first time.  Hughes, Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center chief executive officer, took on the role when she decided to be part of the mentor2.0 pilot program. 
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  • Business Makes Surprise Donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Santa Claus arrived a week early at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties. He wasn’t wearing red, and he didn’t drive a sleigh. He was just a regular guy who lives each day in the spirit of Christmas. On Dec. 17, Jeff Eberhard of Coal City stopped by the agency that helps at-risk children, a $500 check in his hand.

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  • Schott: Mentorship program in Joliet looking for leaders
  • It’s amazing, what an investment of time and positive words can do for a person. As a writer, I’m well aware of the importance of word choice. Connotation and intent can change the way one interprets a sentence. Words can build up, or tear down. I’ve found over the years it’s better to build up if possible. Which is why it’s exciting to learn about an opportunity in Joliet to build up a population that needs it – local teenagers. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties is partnering with Joliet Township High School District to offer mentor2.0.

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  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Launches Groundbreaking Program with Joliet Township High School
  • "We're really excited that Joliet has been chosen as one of the six cities nationwide that will run the first pilot program for mentor2.0, a unique mentoring program that will match mentors from the corporate community with at-risk teens who hopefully will become the first in their families to go to college." Those breathless words came from Lisa Morel Las, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy County in referencing the new mentor2.0 program at Joliet Township Central and Joliet West High Schools.

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  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Offers Rewarding Relationships, Good Times
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters in need of volunteers
  • Grundy County Board Vice Chairman David Welter couldn’t communicate with his father much while growing up in Wisconsin. It left a big void in his life.  But that hole was filled when he was matched with a mentor from the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a United Way funded organization.  “My big brother helped me work things out when I was a kid, so I wanted to give back,” Welter said.

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  • Charity fired up over mortgage
  • Herald-News, Nov. 14, 2013
    About 100 people cheered Wednesday night as John Mortimer, former chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties, burned a mortgage to celebrate the agency recently paying off the loan on its Joliet office building.  “It feels great,” Mortimer said of ending the mortgage.
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