September 2023

Hello Friend!

Can you feel it in the air? I know I can. "Back-to-School" is abuzz all around us. This time of year, I can't help remembering my back-to-school years, both as a student and as a mom: the excitement, the anxiety, the fear, the anticipation. As a student, wondering about my classes, who would I eat lunch with, and secretly hoping that a cute boy would be in some of my classes. As a mom, studying the classroom list and trying to make sure our son had everything he needed for a good start. Then the day would come and I would wish him good luck, smile and wave, and save my cry until the bus headed to the next stop.
Being a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters keeps me in the loop of this special time of year. We are in the middle of a recruitment campaign for 100 new adult Bigs. As a part of the campaign, we have testimonial videos on our social media. These testimonials tell the story better than I can. Please take some time to watch:
Maybe when you watch the videos, you'll be inspired to encourage your friend or talk to your employer about your business becoming involved, or consider being a mentor. 
Thank you to everyone who is participating in this campaign; we are on our way to 100, but we aren't there just yet.
PS - Stay tuned, more videos to come…

Jackie Johnson
Executive Director

What's New

BBBS Executive Director Jackie Johnson speaks at the 2023 Big Celebration

Jackie Johnson Named 2023 SCSU Alumni Service Award Winner

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Since graduating from St. Cloud State University, Jackie Johnson has dedicated her professional career to serving people in Central Minnesota. This fall, the Big Brothers Big…

2022 Back to School Campaign Logo

Big Brothers Big Sisters Kicks Off Back to School Campaign

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – School supplies are on the shelves at stores around the area,…

Leaders from the three Minnesota BBBS agencies, as well as two mentees, pose on a stage as they receive a check from the Federated Challenge gala

2023 Federated Challenge® raises a record-breaking $4,012,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters®

The 2023 Federated Challenge raised a record-breaking $4,012,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters, during its…

Four people - one man and three women - pose in front of the B at the Big Brothers Big Sisters office to celebrate the final term for two board members.

BBBS Announces Changes to Board, Advisory Council

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The new fiscal year officially kicked off on July 1, and…

2023 Crew Car Wash Graphic

Crew Carwash to Host Annual ‘Crew for Kids’ Fundraiser

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (July 5, 2023) – Crew Carwash, an Indiana-based family business, is partnering…



Putnam Honored by BBBS of Central Minnesota- KNSI, Aug. 29, 2023

Stavrum honored with Friend of Youth Award- St. Joe Newsleader, Aug. 25, 2023

Headshot of Emmitt Edwards and Kat and info on Sherburne Cty United Way Podcast

Emmitt Edwards on Aug. 15 Sherburne County Area United Way Podcast - Aug. 15, 2023

Learn About Becoming a Big at Iron Street Tuesday - 98.1 Website, July 31, 2023

Noticing the Impact - Benton County News, July 25, 2023

A group of four people pose for a photo to celebrate Ann Matvick winning a national award. From left: Emily Steinmetz, Ann Matvick, Artis Stevens (BBBSA CEO), Jackie Johnson

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota Program Director Honored - KNSI, June 29, 2023

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota Wins National Award - WJON, June 28, 2023

Leadership from BBBS of Central MN, St. Cloud Tech & Community College, and Sauk Rapids-Rice School District sit around a table after signing a partnership agreement.

SCTCC, Sauk Rapids-Rice Sign BBBS Agreement - St. Cloud Tech Website, May 26, 2023

Abigial Diaz BK Memorial Scholarship Winner 2023

Diaz Receives BriAnna Kruzel Memorial Scholarship - The Patriot, May 18, 2023

2023 Bigs on Campus at St. Cloud State Group

Dr. Potter Bigs on Campus Celebrates Seven Years in 2023 - St. Cloud State Today, May 10, 2023

Nate Molitor 2023 Central Minnesota Big Brother of the Year

Molitor Honored as Statewide Big Brother of the Year - St. Joe Newsleader, April 7, 2023

Matthew Rothfork and Gavin - 2023 HS Big Brother of the Year

Several Local People Honored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota - St. Cloud Live, March 3, 2023

Nate Molitor 2023 Big Brother of the Year and Little Brother Justin

Three St. Cloud Residents Earn Big, Little of the Year Honors - WJON, Feb. 28, 2023

Target Circle Customers Can Support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota - KNSI, Feb. 27, 2023

Sartell-St. Stephen High School Bigs 2023 Sartell-St. Stephen High School Bigs 2023

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota is recognizing Sartell-St. Stephen High School Bigs - Sartell Newsleader, Feb. 3, 2023

Holdingford High School Bigs 2023

Big Brothers Big Sisters Successful in Holdingford - Morrison County Record, Jan. 13, 2023

Pierz High School Big Brothers 2023 Pierz High School Big Sisters 2023

Pierz Big Brothers and Sisters Recognized as Part of National Mentor Month - Morrison County Record, Jan. 27, 2023

ABATE GBFK Bowling Event 2023

Bowling for Kids Sake - Patriot News MN, Jan. 31, 2023

Big Brothers Big Sisters Increasing College Presence - KNSI, Dec. 12, 2022

A New BIG Partnership - ISD742 Website, Nov. 7, 2022

BIG Partners Initial Meeting Oct. 2022

BIG Partners Launches to Mentor District 742 Students - KNSI, Nov. 3, 2022

Central MN Big Brothers Big Sisters Gets Big Donation - KNSI, Oct. 26, 2022