100 Years of Mentoring Youth with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters Colorado 100th Anniversary Logo
Image courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters Colorado

This year marks the hundredth anniversary of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado mentoring programs.

Since 1918, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado has offered programs that match adults (Bigs) and youth (Littles) for ongoing mentoring relationships. Currently, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado provides programs that are community-based, sports-centric, and/or academics-focused. Bigs and Littles build their relationships through regular meetings and participating in events and activities together.

Through these programs, Littles are able to build self-confidence, improve academically, and create healthy habits. These positive results are also shown to continue into the adult lives of former Littles, demonstrating the lasting impact of Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring.

On October 18, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado will be marking their centennial at the Big Night Out Gala, which will gather community leaders, philanthropists, and current Bigs and Littles. The event will honor volunteers and corporate partners as well as celebrate a century of guiding youth to a bright future.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado has a special place in the heart of Scott Reiman, who spent several years volunteering as a mentor through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He congratulates Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado on 100 years of guiding youth toward a bright future.

Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn comes to Denver

One of the world’s most recognized artists is making his mark on Denver.

Rembrandt van Rijn
Self-Portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill, 1639. Etching, with touches of drypoint; image height: 8.07 x image width: 6.45 in. Bibliothèque nationale de France. Image courtesy of BnF.

On view now through January 6, 2019 at The Denver Art Museum is Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker. The DAM is the sole venue in the U.S. to display Dutch Master Rembrandt van Rijn’s work and offers visitors a peek into his life and career of printmaking. The exhibition also coincides with the 350th anniversary of the artist’s death (1606–1669).

Nearly 100 prints from Rembrandt’s 40-year career showcase his approach to printmaking and how he combined the three principle methods of intaglio: etching, drypoint and engraving. Works on view include self-portraits and portraits of prominent Dutch figures as well as biblical, still life, allegorical, genre and landscape artworks.

The Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker exhibit is on view at the Denver Art Museum through January 6, 2019.
Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker is on view at the Denver Art Museum through January 6, 2019.

Although the exhibition centers on Rembrandt’s printmaking, 17 drawings and several paintings are also on view.

The exhibition is included in general admission and thanks to the Free for Kids program, is free for youth ages 18 and under. Scott Reiman and the Reiman Foundation sponsor the Free for Kids program and support initiatives that offer kids access to art and cultural experiences.

 

 

Helping pets find forever homes

The Dumb Friends League hosted its annual Furry Scurry dog walk on Saturday May 5, at Denver’s Washington Park to raise money for homeless pets in our community.

Furry Scurry
The Denver Dumb Friends League’s 24th Annual Furry Scurry was held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Washington Park. Photo by the Dumb Friends League.

The event included a two-mile walk around Wash Park, followed by refreshments, food trucks, contests, dog demonstrations and more than 150 pet-related vendors and sponsors at the Flea-less Market.

Funds raised at this event through registration fees and individual donations provide medical care to sick and injured animals, behavior training that allows pets to be adopted more quickly, investigations of animal neglect and mistreatment and more.

As a longtime advocate for the humane treatment of animals, Scott Reiman served on the Denver Dumb Friends League board of directors for more than 10 years and continues to be actively involved with the organization. He has also supported a number of other important animal welfare programs and organizations, most notably the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

To learn more about the Furry Scurry and other ways to get involved, click here. 

Check out the video from that day below courtesy of the Denver Dumb Friends League.

BBBS Sports Buddies Shoot Hoops with the Denver Nuggets

What a better place to celebrate your Sports Buddies than courtside.

More than 55 matches of Bigs and Littles from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado took part in a basketball skills event last month with two Denver Nuggets players in honor of National Mentoring Month.

Nuggets shooting guard Malik Beasley and point guard Jamal Murray joined Nuggets Community Ambassadors and officers from the Denver Police Department in a basketball clinic at Moorhead Recreation Center in Aurora, CO. The event, sponsored by Western Union, gave the BBBS Sports Buddies the opportunity to perfect their dribble, three-pointer skills, hang out with professional players and much more. It gave them the opportunity to feel like All-Stars.

Sports Buddies is one of the several mentoring programs offered by BBBS. Program activities are designed to strengthen mentoring relationships while instilling self-confidence, goal setting, collaboration, skill development and healthy lifestyles.

The Sports Buddies Mentoring Program provides mentoring for kids often facing adversity. It also provides an opportunity for kids from low-income families to experience participatory and spectator sports. Many of them do not always have the chance to join sports teams or participate in the wide variety of athletics available to them through Sports Buddies.

Scott Reiman spent several years acting as a mentor for kids through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He agrees that positive relationships with adult mentors can prove to be one of the most fundamental elements of success later in life.

Video by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado. 

Reiman Foundation supports Discovery World expansion

Discovery World expansion
A rendering of Discovery World’s planned expansion. Courtesy of BizTimes: Milwaukee Business News.

Construction has began on an $18 million expansion project at Discovery World in downtown Milwaukee.

The science and technology center’s 20,000 square foot expansion project is funded entirely by private donations. The largest donation is from the Reiman Foundation’s founders Roy and Bobbi Reiman.

The expansion includes a new pavilion that will be used year-round for special events along with converting one of the museum’s two theaters into a new entrance and exhibit gallery. There will also be a new Technology Wing with two new permanent exhibits highlighting public health, medical research, health care careers and more.

This additional space will allow more visitors including students and local schools to explore more hands-on exhibits and experiences geared towards the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

Discovery World is also home to the Reiman Aquarium where visitors explore underwater worlds and creatures from the Great Lakes, the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Support for non-profits like Discovery World is at the heart of the Reiman Foundation’s mission. The Foundation and its CEO Scott Reiman, continue to provide significant support to hundreds of non-profit, charitable and civic initiatives throughout Milwaukee, Denver and across the United States.