Erica Wheeler, Indiana Fever player, poses with the Bigs and Littles in the Fever's locker room

Matches Decorate Indiana Fever Locker Room

Annual BBBSCI summer activity is a blast

On the morning of Saturday, July 30, nine of our matches decorated the Indiana Fever’s locker room at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. This annual activity is a fun way for our matches to express their support for the team and cheer them on in the middle of the season. “It was a creative, chaotic, and totally fun… Read more.


Matches Enjoy a Summer Day in Chicago

Rainy weather didn't stop the fun in the Windy City

Saturday, July 23 was annual our day trip to Chicago – a favorite activity of our matches and staff made possible by the generosity of Bob Bowen, who provided the charter bus, snacks, and food vouchers. This year’s trip was another great day in the Windy City, packed with lots of fun activities – and… Read more.

Amy presenting on the Big App at the BBBS National Conference

BBBSCI Unveils The Big App at the BBBSA National Conference

Big App Proves to be a Big Hit

Darcey Palmer-Shultz, BBBSCI CEO; Amy Pomeranz-Essley, BBBSCI Chief Program Officer; and Drew Linn, Chief Strategy Officer at WDD Software and BBBSCI Board Member, attended the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National Conference in Orlando, Florida last month. The conference featured workshops, seminars, and awards presentations. However, the highlight of the conference was a presentation… Read more.

BS Caroline, LS Estefany with a goldfish she won, and Caroline's friend Kali pose at the 2015 Indiana State Fair

“Even though it may not seem like a big deal, it means so much.”

Big Sister Caroline shares why the little things make a big difference

Catching an Indians game. Cheering on The Pacers. Playing in the park. Strawberry picking. Often times, you don’t need to do a grand gesture to make a huge impact on the people in your life. It’s usually the little things that make a big difference. Caroline Knoth knows this and that is why she loves… Read more.

LB George and LS Blessing (siblings)

Matches Dance, Sing, & Enjoy Carnival Rides at SummerFest 2016

Annual event at Marion County Fair celebrates successful mentoring relationships

On Sunday, June 26, we celebrated one of our favorite days at BBBSCI, SummerFest! This annual event celebrates successful mentoring relationships with our Bigs, Littles, and their families. This is the fifth year in a row the Marion County Fairgrounds and North American Midway have hosted BBBSCI and our matches. “(We had) a great day at… Read more.

SMART Exhibition 12.5.13 070

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.