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Enrollment for 2016-2017 SMART Program Now Open!

BBBSCI recruiting interested matches for visual art program

The SMART program (Supportive Mentoring Through Art) is a visual art program for teens and their mentors made possible through a partnership with the Indianapolis Art Center. It is a year-long structured art program for youth between the ages of 12-18 with an interest in the visual arts. Matches attend drawing, painting, and sculpture classes taught… Read more.

BC Jim and Jayne Thorne and LB Damon Wharton recent photo

Get to know the Thornes: BBBSCI Big Couple

Big Couple's Survival of a Fishing Trip and Passing Along their Legacy through Mentoring

Jim and Jayne Thorne know the power of mentoring and the doors it can open. Giving thoughtful one-on-one time through guidance, eating lots of ice cream, and discussing life experiences are just some of the acts of mentoring they have been able to provide to their Little Brother, Damon. Big Couple Jim & Jayne Thorne… Read more.

Amy Essley (Chief Program Officer), Jesse Martin, Darcey Palmer-Shultz (Chief Executive Officer), and Todd Ryden (Immediate Past President, BBBSCI Board) at the ceremony presenting Jesse with his award at Eli Lilly on May 24

Jesse Martin named Kathi Kornas Volunteer of the Year

Eli Lilly & Co. employee presented with annual award

Every year, BBBSCI is honored to present the Kathi Kornas Volunteer of the Year Award to a member of the community. This award was established in honor and memory of long-time BBBSCI volunteer Kathi Kornas, daughter of supporters Carol and Wayne Kornas, who exhibited a dedication to our mission with enthusiasm, loyalty, and love. This… Read more.


Matches model in Fashion Show

Bigs, Littles walk runway at local Kroger

Earlier this month, 22 matches participated in a fashion show at Kroger. This unique opportunity allowed our Bigs and Littles to show off their modeling skills and increase their self-confidence. The matches picked out their own outfits and accessories to model then walked the runway. We had a great crowd of friends and family members… Read more.

Little Brother Dwayne is one of the 75 children living in the 46235 zip code waiting for a Big.

Let’s End the Wait!

May Campaign raises funds to reduce the number of kids waiting for mentor

In 46235, 75 children wait for a mentor- more than in any other zip code in Central Indiana. They have reached out to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana asking for a mentor.  They’ve been interviewed and screened; they’ve poured out their hopes and dreams for their Big to a Matching and Enrollment Specialist;… Read more.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2016

Littles join their Bigs at Eli Lilly & Co.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (TODASTW), a national initiative, took place on April 28, 2016. We were excited to participate this year and join forces with our largest recruitment partner, Eli Lilly & Company!  3 Lilly employees who serve as Bigs, Mark Short, Xiao Zhang, and Jennifer Wiseman, participated in interactive, educational… Read more.

The Final Countdown

Annual male recruitment campaign close to finish line

On May 2, we wrap up our third annual 100 Men in 50 Days volunteer recruitment campaign ! This year, with 400 boys currently waiting for a mentor in Central Indiana, we tried something new. We teamed up with our friends and long-time community partner, the Indianapolis Indians to find 100 Big Brothers, Big Friends, and… Read more.

David and James

“I would not trade my Big for anyone else in the world.”


  I can think of a handful of children, my age or younger, who face herculean troubles on a regular basis and would presumably do anything to be accompanied by an individual(s) who is genuinely willing to express empathy, provide counseling, and provide opportunities to have pleasant experiences. These are the main reasons I consider… Read more.


Local Celebrities Support BBBSCI’s 2015 Giving Tuesday Efforts

Local celebrities are lined up to celebrate Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana today during Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving. Check out the complete list and visit (powered by WDD Software Solutions) all day on Giving Tuesday to make a gift and chat with your favorite local celebrities as they answer your… Read more.