Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana to Host Visit to Purdue University for High-School Aged Youth Made Possible by Corporate Contribution from AT&T Aspire

What:        

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana (BBBSCI) is hosting a trip to Purdue University on Saturday, October 21, 2017, for mentors (“Bigs”) and their high school mentees (“Littles”) as part of Explore Purdue Day. The Explore Purdue Day’s agenda includes a campus tour, an academic resource fair, and meetings with current students. This visit is made possible in part by a corporate contribution from AT&T Aspire. Big Futures is BBBSCI’s career and college readiness programming for high-school aged Littles and their families.

Who:                  

 23 BBBSCI Littles and their Bigs touring Purdue University on Explore Purdue Day
BBBSCI Board of Directors President, Susan Brock Williams
City of Indianapolis Deputy Mayor Angela Smith Jones
Indianapolis City-County Councilor Vop Osili
AT&T Director of External Affairs David Lewis

When & Where:

Saturday, October 17, 2017
6:30 a.m.: arrive at the BBBSCI office, located at 2960 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208 for the media and corporate contributor send-off.
6:45: 5 minute remarks from BBBSCI and AT&T leadership, Councilor Osili, and Deputy Mayor Jones and check presentation / photo opportunity
6:50: BBBSCI matches board bus
7 a.m.: The bus departs for Purdue University from the parking lot adjacent south of the BBBSCI building – approximately 29th and Illinois Streets.

Media Opportunity:
Interviews with BBBSCI staff and leadership, AT&T leadership, Councilor Osili and Deputy Mayor Smith Jones
Interviews with BBBSCI Littles and Bigs

Why:

When Littles enter high school, BBBSCI works with community partners to promote career and college readiness for Littles and their families as they explore post-graduation opportunities. High school-aged Littles, along with their Bigs, have the opportunity to take part in our Big Futures program, which prepares them for their graduation from high school and our program. Big Futures programming include college visits, professional shadowing experiences with community and corporate partners, a college prep fair, and scholarship opportunities.

“We’re proud to invest in the success of our Littles as they complete high school and prepare for higher education or the beginning of their careers,” Darcey Palmer-Shultz, BBBSCI Chief Executive Officer, said. “Our Big Futures program connects our high school Littles, their mentors, and their families to a series of college and career readiness opportunities.  This campus visit to Purdue University is one of the highlights of the program, and we appreciate the support of sponsors like AT&T Aspire for making it possible.”

“What a tremendous opportunity for these students,” said Indianapolis City-County Councilor Vop Osili. “Big Brothers Big Sisters and AT&T are teaming up to help increase pathways to academic success and career growth, regardless of students’ age, gender or income. Efforts like this lead to an improved and diverse talent pipeline for our community, and we are all the better for it.”

“Through AT&T Aspire, we aim to spark innovation and empower students,” said David Lewis, AT&T Indiana Director of External Affairs.  “We’re excited to support Big Brothers Big Sisters, and help build a viable, creative and adaptive workforce that is prepared to face the changing needs of employers and customers.”

About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T

AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. The company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $400 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana is a non-profit organization that provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.  An affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and a United Way partner, BBBSCI has been creating and supporting mentoring relationships in central Indiana for over 40 years.  To volunteer, donate or for more information, visit www.bebigforkids.org

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