CHARLESTON, S.C. (Nov. 20, 2019) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lowcountry (BBBSL), a Tri-county nonprofit serving youth facing adversity through professionally supported one-on-one mentoring relationships, invites the public to celebrate its official relaunch next month.
Designated the “BIG Lowcountry Boil,” BBBSL’s first special event will take place Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Holy City Brewing in North Charleston. More than 350 people are expected to attend the BIG Lowcountry Boil, which will feature a traditional shrimp boil, exclusive draft beer from the brewery, a signature cocktail from Firefly Distillery, a silent auction, activities, and live music by Lavish Sounds. Tickets are limited and include special pricing for adults, teens, and children. All proceeds will benefit BBBSL.
“We’ve been looking forward to the BIG Lowcountry Boil for many months,” said Merridith Crowe, president and chief executive officer for BBBSL. “This volunteer-led event isn’t just a celebration of our new organization. It’s just as much our way of showing that we belong to the community. When we work together to help children realize their full promise and potential, and when we help ignite a child’s dreams, our community grows stronger. We’re all in this together.”
Spurred by a vision for growth, BBBSL became an independent affiliate on April 1, 2019. Prior to independence, Big Brothers Big Sisters existed as a program under the care of the Carolina Youth Development Center from 1981-2019. Now led by BBBS veteran and CEO, Crowe, and long-time program director Christina Hoffecker, the rebranded Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lowcountry is building its capacity to defend the potential of even more youth in the greater Charleston area.
While the organization will create and support more than 200 mentoring relationships by June 2020, a 25% increase over last year, BBBSL has ambitious plans to greatly increase its reach even more. “With poverty as just one indicator, there are roughly 30,000 youth facing adversity in the Tri-County region,” said Crowe. “We look forward to growing what is an already high‐quality program into a more culturally‐relevant and data‐driven endeavor. Our goal is to create and support 1,000 mentoring relationships in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester within 6-10 years.”
There are currently more than 300 children waiting for their Big Brother or Big Sister, 73% of which are boys in need of an adult male mentor. Studies overwhelmingly show that Little Brothers and Little Sisters are greatly benefited by their matches in critical areas:
Education (Ex. 77 percent of Littles say they are doing better in school because of their Bigs)
Juvenile justice (Ex. 76 percent of Littles say they learned right from wrong from their Bigs)
Self-confidence (Ex. 90 percent of Littles say their Bigs made them feel better about themselves)
For more information about BBBSL, including details for adults interested in becoming a “Big,” please visit bbbslowcountry.org.