June 3rd, 2020

In an effort to #KeepKidsConnected, we will be sending out a bi-weekly newsletter with program information, virtual match activity ideas, family resources & more! For more information & resources, please visit our website at www.acadianabigs.com/COVID-19.

Our mission is to ignite the power & promise of all youth. When racism & injustice threaten that promise, it is impossible to stand by.

As a youth mentoring organization, we are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion now and for the next generation. We can not remain silent & we must take action, speak up, & advocate for justice.

Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to bring people together, to value each person, and to see differences as strenghts that make each of us unique. We will continue to promote love & the value & dignity of every single person. We will not sit on the sidelines & watch racism play out in our community & endanger our Littles & their families. We have work to do & we will do it. Together with out staff, volunteers, parents, & youth, we will have conversations about the issues that our black & brown youth face. We will equip our Bigs to have these conversations. We will take the lead from our partners, leaders in anti-racist work, & our youth & families. We will work to be a part of the solution.

We stand in solidarity with our Black community, youth, families, Bigs, staff, & Board members.

Please refer to these useful links: Supporting Kids of Color in the Wake of Racialized Violence75 Things White People Can Do for Racial JusticeAnit-Racism ProjectShowing up for Racial JusticeRacial Equity Tools

Look for more ideas on our website at www.acadianabigs.com/COVID-19.

 

Acadiana always seems to band together in a time of need.  The COVID-19 pandemic is no different.  Make sure to take advantage of the resources available to our community!

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge is providing a Virtual Teen Summit, This is a FREE event for ages 13+ with 4 guest speakers with topics on how to use movement, mindfulness, and motivation to promote self-love & positivity! REGISTER HERE

AWS WEBINAR: How to successfully navigate a Virtual Job Search

With the current times of COVID-19 guidelines requiring everyone to adjust to a new normal, the vast majority of job searches and employer hiring processes are being handled through virtual means. This webinar, provided by local career consultant Danielle Dayries of DMD & Associates, Inc., will provide valuable tips and tools on how to navigate the virtual job search process. This webinar is sponsored by Acadiana Workforce Solutions One-Stop Centers and LEDA.

It's so important for kids to stay on a good schedule & keep learning while social distancing. Help your Little set a daily schedule including time for learning & reading. Below are a couple of fun & free learning resources!

 

We know many parents are feeling the stress of supporting & providing for their children over the weeks & months to come. It can be difficult to find a balance during this stay-at-home order.  We will try our best to provide any resources we come across!  Below are a few of our favorites but you can find more on our website at www.acadianabigs.com/COVID-19 or by following our FaceBook page. 

  • If your workplace has temporarily closed or you have been told to take unpaid time off, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits through the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
  • A crisis text line has been activated to provide FREE, confidential support for people 24/7. If you need to talk to someone, you can get connected by texting REACHOUT to 741741 to reach a trained crisis counselor who will help de-escalate, identify coping strategies and use active listening techniques to support you.
  • The Current has put together a user-friendly dashboard of information & resources for families in the Acadiana Area. 
  • Find the latest Lafayette Parish COVID-19 UPDATES in english, french & espanol.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, concerns or requests!

BRITTANY COZART

Program Manager

337.224.4564

bcozart@acadianabigs.com

NOELLE BROTHERTON

School-Based Case Manager

337.258.7311

nbrotherton@acadianabigs.com

LESLIE ROBERTSON

Macth Support Specialist

337.412.5847

lrobertson@acadianabigs.com

CHELSEA ZENO

Case Manager

337.849.1661

czeno@acadianabigs.com

JARDIN BURLEIGH

Case Manager

337.278.8744

jburleigh@acadianabigs.com

  

 

 
 

MAY 20th, 2020

In an effort to #KeepKidsConnected, we will be sending out a bi-weekly newsletter with program information, virtual match activity ideas, family resources & more! For more information & resources, please visit our website at www.acadianabigs.com/COVID-19.

Look for more ideas on our website at www.acadianabigs.com/COVID-19.

 

Acadiana always seems to band together in a time of need.  The COVID-19 pandemic is no different.  Make sure to take advantage of the resources available to our community!

CLICK HERE for information on how families with children who recieved free or reduced-priced meals at school can now receive funding to offset the loss of those meals due to COVID-19 school closures. 

 

This is real, and you can help. CLICK HERE for a message for Lafayette's vulnerable communities. 

 

It's so important for kids to stay on a good schedule & keep learning while social distancing. Help your Little set a daily schedule including time for learning & reading. Below are a couple of fun & free learning resources!

AUDUBON FOR KIDS! In many ways, every child is born a scientist - exploring their world, leading small experiments, asking questions, searching for answers. Check out a new species of bird every week HERE!

Crayola has put together Art Lesson Plans for kids.  Search by Grade Level or by Subject for hundreds of craft ideas!  Find it HERE!

 

We know many parents are feeling the stress of supporting & providing for their children over the weeks & months to come. It can be difficult to find a balance during this stay-at-home order.  We will try our best to provide any resources we come across!  Below are a few of our favorites but you can find more on our website at www.acadianabigs.com/COVID-19 or by following our FaceBook page. 

  • If your workplace has temporarily closed or you have been told to take unpaid time off, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits through the Louisiana Workforce Commission

  • A crisis text line has been activated to provide FREE, confidential support for people 24/7. If you need to talk to someone, you can get connected by texting REACHOUT to 741741 to reach a trained crisis counselor who will help de-escalate, identify coping strategies and use active listening techniques to support you. 

  • The Current has put together a user-friendly dashboard of information & resources for families in the Acadiana Area. 

  • Find the latest Lafayette Parish COVID-19 UPDATES in english, french & espanol. 

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, concerns or requests!

BRITTANY COZART

Program Manager

337.224.4564

bcozart@acadianabigs.com

NOELLE BROTHERTON

School-Based Case Manager

337.258.7311

nbrotherton@acadianabigs.com

LESLIE ROBERTSON

Macth Support Specialist

337.412.5847

lrobertson@acadianabigs.com

CHELSEA ZENO

Case Manager

337.849.1661

czeno@acadianabigs.com

 

 
 

MAY 6th, 2020

In an effort to #KeepKidsConnected, we will be sending out a bi-weekly newsletter with program information, virtual match activity ideas, family resources & more! For more information & resources, please visit our website at www.acadianabigs.com/COVID-19.

Tomorrow, May 7th, 2020 is South Louisiana Giving Day! Your donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana, big or small, will help us continue to keep kids connected during this crisis and in the immediate months following. Help us reach our goal of $10,000 by making a donation tomorrow.  Any donations made between 2pm & 3pm CST will increase our chances of winning an additional $1,000 for the agency.  Donate at southlouisianagivingday.org/BBBS

Look for more ideas on our website at www.acadianabigs.com/COVID-19.

 

Acadiana always seems to band together in a time of need.  The COVID-19 pandemic is no different.  Make sure to take advantage of the resources available to our community!

CLICK HERE for information on the Safe Shop Guidelines outlined by the Mayor-President of Lafayette Parish under the Govenor's existing orders. 

The Three O'Clock Project continues to update their delivery areas in Acadiana.  Get the most up-to-date information on where you can pick up a weeks worth of meals for children 18 & younger on their FaceBook Page.

  

It's so important for kids to stay on a good schedule & keep learning while social distancing. Help your Little set a daily schedule including time for learning & reading. Below are a couple of fun & free learning resources!

Tune-in weekdays at 10:30am CST for Facebook LIVE to interact with live experiments. OR Subscribe to their YouTube Channel to watch experiments you can try at home!

Play "BINGO" while learning all about the Ocean HERE! 

 

We know many parents are feeling the stress of supporting & providing for their children over the weeks & months to come. It can be difficult to find a balance during this stay-at-home order.  We will try our best to provide any resources we come across!  Below are a few of our favorites but you can find more on our website at www.acadianabigs.com/COVID-19 or by following our FaceBook page. 

  • Children's Bureau Express - Covers news, issues, and trends of interest to professionals and policymakers in the interrelated fields of child abuse and neglect, child welfare and adoption. 

  • The Current has put together a user-friendly dashboard of information & resources for families in the Acadiana Area. 

  • Your mental health is more important than ever.  The Family Tree is offering free tele-counseling to new clients. You can also call the Keep Calm Through COVID hotline at 1-866-310-7977 at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Find the latest Lafayette Parish COVID-19 UPDATES in english, french & espanol. 

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, concerns or requests!

BRITTANY COZART

Program Manager

337.224.4564

bcozart@acadianabigs.com

NOELLE BROTHERTON

School-Based Case Manager

337.258.7311

nbrotherton@acadianabigs.com

LESLIE ROBERTSON

Macth Support Specialist

337.412.5847

lrobertson@acadianabigs.com

CHELSEA ZENO

Case Manager

337.849.1661

czeno@acadianabigs.com

 

 

 

APRIL 22nd, 2020

In an effort to #KeepKidsConnected, we will be sending out a bi-weekly newsletter with program information, virtual match activity ideas, family resources & more! For more information & resources, please visit our website at www.acadianabigs.com/COVID-19.

 

This week is #NationalVolunteerWeek and we want to make sure we recognize the thousands of Bigs- past, present & future, who have taken the time to #DefendThePotential of Littles all across the nation & right here in Acadiana! Thank you for all that you do!

CLICK HERE for a message from the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America CEO, Pam Iorio.

Look for more ideas on our website at www.acadianabigs.com/COVID-19.

 

Acadiana always seems to band together in a time of need.  The COVID-19 pandemic is no different.  Make sure to take advantage of the resources available to our community!

LWC Released Video Guides for Unemployment Applications

- For a Guide on how workers can file an unemployment claim, click HERE.

- For a guide on filing a weekly claim certificate, click HERE.

MOST IMPORTANTLY - LWC urges you to continue to file weekly even if you have not received benefits yet!

It's so important for kids to stay on a good schedule & keep learning while social distancing. Help your Little set a daily schedule including time for learning & reading. Below are a couple of fun & free learning resources!

 

We know many parents are feeling the stress of supporting & providing for their children over the weeks & months to come. It can be difficult to find a balance during this stay-at-home order.  We will try our best to provide any resources we come across!  Below are a few of our favorites but you can find more on our website at www.acadianabigs.com/COVID-19 or by following our FaceBook pag-e.

  • - #DisneyMagicMoments lets you experience the magic of Disney wherever you may be. Enjoy Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, and National Geographic with stories, videos and, activities to inspire imagination and discovery among kids and families!

  • - Join the Evangeline Area Boy Scouts (not just for boys) in the 30-Day Activity Challenge! Scroll to the bottom of the page & print out the calendar for your child's age group. Use the calendar as a road map to keeping your kids busy and having fun while staying at home. 

  • - The Current has put together a user-friendly dashboard of information & resources for families in the Acadiana Area. 

  • - Your mental health is more important than ever.  The Family Tree is offering free tele-counseling to new clients. You can also call the Keep Calm Through COVID hotline at 1-866-310-7977 at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • - Find the latest Lafayette Parish COVID-19 UPDATES in english, french & espanol.

B.Y.O.R - Bring Your Own Refreshments! Join us for a Virtual Happy Hour just for Bigs on Wednesday, April 29th at 6pm CST. We will play a little trivia and swap ideas on staying connected with your Littles virtually!

RSVP HERE

 

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, concerns or requests!

BRITTANY COZART

Program Manager

337.224.4564

bcozart@acadianabigs.com

NOELLE BROTHERTON

School-Based Case Manager

337.258.7311

nbrotherton@acadianabigs.com

LESLIE ROBERTSON

Macth Support Specialist

337.412.5847

lrobertson@acadianabigs.com

CHELSEA ZENO

Case Manager

337.849.1661

czeno@acadianabigs.com