RSVP for BBBS Holiday Party on December 3rd

Join area matches to celebrate the holiday season at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area’s annual holiday party on Saturday, December 3rd at the King Greenleaf Recreation Center in Washington DC from 11am-2pm!

There will be Japanese flair and culture at this year’s party as BBBS will be partnering with the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program Alumni Association of Washington DC.

In addition to our annual gift giving, generously provided by Tom Moore and the ROCS Staffing team, our holiday party will also feature components of Japanese culture.  Bigs and Littles will have the opportunity to learn about Japan, participate in plenty of fun cultural activities and spread some holiday cheer.

Activities include:
– Origami folding station
– Calligraphy station
– Chopstick challenge (relay game using chopsticks)
– Learning to write your name in Japanese
– Wearing Japanese hoppi coats and taking pictures
– Traditional Japanese games
– Japanese language table (learning Japanese words through games)

King Greenleaf Recreation Center
201 N St., SW
Washington, DC  20024

Please RSVP to Caitlin Goodman, Communications & Outreach Manager, here by Wednesday, November 30th.

RSVP for Girls Can Do Speaker Event on November 12

Girls Can Do will be hosting an event on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Warner Theatre to inspire girls to feel confident in themselves and achieve their goals. The event will include several speakers sharing their success stories followed by activities and Q&A sessions.

This FREE event is a great opportunity for your Little Sister to see her full potential and learn from other successful women in how to reach that potential!

Big Brothers Big Sisters will provide transportation to the event from their Washington DC office. Buses will leave at 9:30 AM.
The DC office is located at:
910 17th Street, NW, Suite 404
Washington, DC 20006

To RSVP to the event and reserve a spot for transportation, please contact Rukia Malipula here or at (301) 794-9170 ext. 13.

For more information on this event, click here.


Sign up for Financial Literacy Workshop on November 5th

Do you think your Little needs to learn about saving money? Does your Little know how to apply for financial aid for college? Could your Little benefit from a lesson on personal finance?

JP Morgan Chase is hosting a Financial Literacy Workshop on Saturday, November 5th to discuss the necessary financial information that every adult needs to know and is inviting 25 matches to attend. This is a wonderful opportunity for your Little to get this necessary information and have the support of their Big who may have already had to deal with a lot of this in the real world.

The following topics will be discussed during the workshop:
-student loans and financial aid
-bank accounts and paychecks
-credit cards and credit scores
-auto loans and rent/mortgage
-mobile and online banking

The workshop will take place from 9:30 AM – 1 PM. Each session can take about 15-20 minutes, depending on the length of the questions and answer session. Lunch will be provided after the final session of the workshop.

The workshop will be held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (901 G Street, NW).

Please contact Denise Williams here or at (301) 794-9170 ext. 17 by Friday, October 14th so we can provide an official headcount.

How do I get to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library?

There is metered parking on streets near the library, or library users can park in any nearby paid parking lot. The closest lots to the library are 8th Street between G and H streets (PEPCO building), and H Street between 9th and 10th streets. Users can also access the library via public transportation. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is accessible via Metro green, red, blue, orange and yellow lines and closest to the Gallery Place/Chinatown and Metro Center stops and several bus routes.

Littles ages 13-19 encouraged to enter “Living the Example” Video Contest

The Mentor Foundation USA recently launched their 2nd national video contest, encouraging high school students (13 – 19 years old) to submit a video demonstrating how they are “Living the Example.”

What does “Living the Example” mean?
It means anything that represents their passion, hobbies, or activities that they enjoy and that they believe can be an example to their peers while promoting healthy, tobacco, and drug-free lifestyles.

What’s the competition prize?

This year, the grand prize winner will win a trip to Los Angeles, California and receive a tour of the YouTube Space in La Playa Vista. The second and third prize winners will win a tech prize package, including a Google Chromecast, Urban Ears headphones and Anker portable speakers.

What does the video need to incorporate?

The contestant needs to include their name, their age, hometown, what school they go to, and have to say “This is how I am living the example.” Click here to see an example of a video a student made in last year’s competition.

Where to submit?
The contestant should submit their video to the Living the Example Facebook Page by clicking here.

What is the deadline?
Contestants should submit their videos by October 21st, 2016. The voting will close at the end of November and Mentor Foundation USA will then announce the winner.

Let you Little know today to celebrate and showcase their successes and their dreams. Bigs and Littles with video editing experience are encouraged to participate in this contest.


RSVP for tickets to Capital City Symphony’s Family Concert on October 16th

Get ready for Halloween and enjoy some ghoulishly good music in Washington, DC with your Little! Big Brothers Big Sisters has 30 tickets available for the Capital City Symphony’s Family Concert at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002) at 5:00pm on Sunday, October 16th.

This year’s program is inspired by the spookiness and fantasy of Halloween, so everyone is welcome to come in costume and join the fun! The concert will be fun, interactive and educational! There will also be a pre-concert Instrument Petting Zoo at 4:30pm where your Little might find their new instrument. OR who knows? you might find yours.

A group of Bigs and Littles went last year, and they had a great time! Contact Caiti Goodman, Communication & Outreach Manager, here or at 202.783.5585 ext. 21 to put your names on the list. We will need this information by no later than Wednesday, October 12th. Matches may pick up their tickets at the Atlas Performing Arts Center’s box office on October 16th.

Participate in International Day of Peace Event on September 21, 2016

Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area on September 21 for the Wagepeace Festival on International Peace Day to fight violence by addressing the structural inequalities faced by youth in Washington DC. Come celebrate as local mentoring programs, government leaders and American University join to empower the next generation.

Enjoy speakers, FREE food, performances, peace building activities, social media engagement and fun and games for all ages. This event will also be supporting local DC youth nonprofit organizations, such as BBBS National Capital Area, and will announce ways to make donations to these organizations and get involved in their causes.

This event will take place from 3:30 – 6 PM on the American University campus. Big Brothers Big Sisters will provide transportation to and from their Washington DC office for the first 50 people (25 matches) who register. Contact Rukia Malipula here to register.

For more information on this event, click here or contact Rukia Malipula.

50 Spots Available for Littles in NFL Play 60 Character Camp at FedEx Field

The National Football League(NFL) has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters to hold 50 spots this year for Littles in our program for the NFL PLAY 60 CHARACTER CAMP!

The mission of the NFL PLAY 60 Character Camp is to make a positive impact on youth through teaching football skills, emphasizing exercise, and reinforcing the importance of character in athletics and in life!

Date: Friday, August 12th
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Registration starts at 9:30 AM
Location: FedEx Field, 1600 Fedex Way, Landover, MD 20785

Only children between the ages of 8-13 can participate in the camp. To sign up your Little for the camp, please have the parent/legal guardian fill out the waiver that is included in the email from Big Brothers Big Sisters, and email to Wilson here by Monday, August 1st.

NFL Play 60 Character Camp Logo

Reserve your FREE Tickets to DC Breeze Professional Ultimate Frisbee Playoff Game

Date: Saturday, July 16th
Game Time: 6:30 PM
Pre-Game/Youth Clinic: 5:00 PM
Location: Hotchkiss Field – Gallaudet University
800 Florida Ave NE, Washington DC 20002

The DC Breeze, Washington’s Professional Ultimate Team for the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL), has generously donated 100 tickets for our Bigs and Littles in the National Capital Area to attend their 2016 playoff game on July 16th at Gallaudet University! Your Little will have an opportunity to witness the best in the game for Ultimate Frisbee!

Come early to enjoy food, drinks, and a live band during the pre-game festivities! Your Little will also have an opportunity to learn from the professionals in a free youth clinic during the pre-game festivities. You and your Little can also get a chance to welcome the DC Breeze starting lineup in the game launching High-Five Line!!!

Tickets may be picked up at Will Call the day of the event.

To reserve your tickets, you MUST RSVP to Wilson here by July 5th if you’re interested in the youth clinic for your Little or participating in the High-Five Line. Please provide your name and your Little’s name. Please provide your name and your Little’s name.

If only interested in tickets to the game, please RSVP to Wilson by July 12th.

Note: The youth clinic has very limited spots. All youth interested in youth clinic must be between ages 6-17. Your youth must have the below waiver signed by the parent/legal guardian if they wish to participate in the clinic.

The waiver can be found here.

To learn more about the DC Breeze, click here.

DC Breeze YouTube Channel

FREE Tickets Available for Barbershop: The Next Cut Movie

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area has 20 FREE tickets available to matches for a showing of Barbershop: The Next Cut on Sunday, April 10th at 2 PM at the AMC – Hoffman theater in Alexandria, VA

Tickets are first come-first serve. Please email Mirna Quiroga here to reserve your tickets.

The address for the movie theater is:
206 Swamp Fox Road
Alexandria, VA 22314

Barbershop: The Next Cut is rated PG-13. For more information on the movie, click here.

FREE Tickets to spring show at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre

Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre in Arlington is offering FREE tickets to area matches for their performance of La Bayadère Act 3 – Kingdom of the Shades – and Other Works on May 22nd at 3 PM. This will also include a behind the scenes educational program starting at 1:30 PM. To reserve tickets, email Mirna Quiroga here by May 18th. Tickets will be available for pick up at the theatre on the day of the performance.

The address for the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre is:

125 S. Old Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22204

Below is more information about the performances:

La Bayadère, Act III – The Kingdom of the Shades
Created in the late 19th century, this ballet tells the story of a bayadère (temple dancer) named Nikita who falls in love with a prince. The prince, however; is pledged to Gamzatti, a princess who conspires with the temple Brahmin to kill Nikita using a poisonous snake! Upon Nikita’s death, the prince slips into an opium-induced dream and enters The Kingdom of the Shades. The third act of La Bayadère, often referred to as The Kingdom of the Shades, is amongst the most celebrated and poignant scenes in all of classical ballet.

Concerto Grosso #1
With music by Ernest Bloch, this work is a neo-classical gem. The ballet is a tour-de-force of seven women, choreographed by Tyrone Brooks, former Dance Theatre of Harlem principal dancer and current artistic director of Tallahassee Ballet.

Gâité Parisienne

Choreographed by BalletNova’s Associate Artistic Director Constance Walsh, this original work is set to the famous Offenbach score. The ballet captures the “adventures” of the many colorful guests who visit a Paris café. And yes, there is a Can-Can!

Guest Artist GinDance performs exerpts from Lost and Found
GinDance Artistic Director Shu-Chen Cuff delves into basic human instincts to continually chase our dreams and desires, often at the expense of or overlooking what we already have.