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.

 

 

Reiman Foundation Honors Student Athletes at Star of the Month Celebration

reiman-foundation-john-lynch-student-athletesScott Reiman and The Reiman Foundation is an avid supporter of programs and initiatives that foster academic excellence and provide the resources to develop our future leaders. The John Lynch Foundation does just that.

Sponsored in part by the Reiman Foundation, the John Lynch Foundation hosted its Star of the Month Celebration at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium last month. The event honored some of Colorado’s outstanding student athletes for their success on and off the field.

John and Linda Lynch presented more than 60 awards for the Star of the Month; Rising Star of the Month; and Coach of the Month to students and coaches from across the state. Although awards are announced throughout the year from October to April, the winners, along with their families, were formally recognized at a ceremony in the United Club Level of the stadium.

The year-long program encourages positive recognition for the student athletes and coaches who are excelling beyond their chosen sport, the classroom and the community. Every month teachers and coaches can nominate students for the awards through the John Lynch Foundation. A volunteer selection committee reviews the nominations and determines the winners.

 

Colorado kids share museum visits

The Denver Art Museum has more than 50,000 students from over 530 Colorado schools walk through its doors each year. Thanks to  Scott Reiman and the Reiman Foundation, the Free for Kids program allows all Colorado youth access to the world of art.

Reiman believes that all kids should have access to high-quality cultural experiences and educational opportunities like Free for Kids. The program welcomes children from all communities and aligns with the Foundation’s mission to support the dedication of many organizations, particularly those involved in the areas of the arts and children’s initiatives, education and health care.

Free for Kids unveiling
DENVER, CO – MARCH 25: The Denver Art Museum announced that it will offer free general admission to all youths 18 and under. (Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post )

By providing free general admission for all youth visitors, the program fosters imagination, creativity and learning for kids of all ages and of all backgrounds.

With the North Building under renovation, the museum is now open every day of the week including Mondays and with a large number of kids out on summer break, they will have the opportunity to visit and explore the various exhibitions like Past the Tangled Present which features the work of Denver artist Jaime Molina; Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer; Stampede: Animals in Art, and many more.

Check out the video from kindergartners and first graders from St. Peter and Paul School in Wheat Ridge who shared their thank you letters from a recent visit.

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.