Upcoming REACH Activities
Join one of our events with your Little and have fun with other matches.
FUN WITH A PURPOSE
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*REACH activities will now be in-person! We will ask that matches wear masks and social distance throughout the activities we provide.*
REACH ON-THE-GO: GET ACTIVE!
*ALL AGES AND GRADE LEVELS*
Tuesday, June 1 through Thursday, June 3 from 12:00 - 6:30 p.m.
BBBS Office | 788 N. Jefferson St. 600, Milwaukee, 53202
Summer is just around the corner! The warmer weather is the perfect opportunity to get out and be active. Getting up and moving around in a healthy way helps to decrease stress, increase self-esteem, sleep better, and more.
The kits are designed to help your match get active, explore the community, and have fun!
Please select which kit works best for you and your Little:
#1: Fun in the Sun
2 bubble wands
2 jump ropes
1 colored chalk box
List of community parks
#2: Hoop It Up
2 basketball balls (regulation size/standard youth basketball)
1 basketball pump
List of community parks
JUNE MONTHLY PROJECT: LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES
As the school year wraps up and you plan for summer fun, we would like to provide a fun way to incorporate reading and emphasize the importance of literacy year-round. This month, we challenge your match to explore the city and check out your local Little Free Libraries. There are hundreds of Little Free Libraries in the Greater Milwaukee area – use their online map to explore new areas of the city with your Little and find new books to read. Don’t forget to bring a book of your own to leave if you plan on taking one!
The first five matches to sign up and send a photo of their match with a Little Free Library will receive a gift of appreciation!
Please email photos and a little description of the places you were able to visit to your Match Support Specialist or to email@example.com.
Match pictures are PRICELESS and a great way to remember all the fun things you’ve done together! Here are some ideas of adventures you can take with Little Free Libraries:
- Stop by BBBS and check out our FREE books during office hours, we are typically here M - F from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm.
- Visit a library you have never been to.
- Pick one library by Little’s house.
- Pick one library by the Big’s house.
- Challenge yourself and see how many Little Free Libraries you can find before summer is over.
May Monthly Project: Strike a Pose
Spring has arrived! This month, we challenge your match to get outside and strike a pose. Match pictures are PRICELESS and a great way to remember all the fun things you’ve done together! We are looking for match photos to share with the world that we are smiling and thriving! (Note: these photos may be used for marketing materials, social media, or our BBBS Milwaukee website. Before sending, please ensure your Little and Little’s parent/guardian are comfortable with this.)
The first five matches to sign up and send a photo of their match will receive a gift of appreciation!
Please email photos and a little description of your photos to your Match Support Specialist or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
STRIKE A POSE! Take a selfie or ask someone to take your match photo.
Examples of photos to take (Please share photos with and without masks when taking photos):
- Favorite spot in the community!
- Working hard on homework.
- Being active.
- Back to back from afar.
- Create a sign with a special message.
- Wear your BBBS gear.
- Find a BBBS yard sign in the community and take a photo together.
Mindful Gratitude Life Hacks *Ages 10-14 or 6th - 9th Grade*
Wednesday, May 19 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Life can be stressful! Challenges at school, home, or with friends can leave us feeling sad, hurt, or frustrated. In this hour-long activity you will find out what goes on in your brain when you’re stressed out and learn life hacks to feel happier, stay calm in tough situations, and build strong relationships with those around you. This event is for ages 10-14.
BBBS Virtual Match Anniversary Celebration *All Ages and Grade Levels*
Tuesday, May 25 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
It is time to celebrate our matches celebrating their anniversary! Join BBBS for a night of fun activities to reflect on the past year and make plans for the future. You’ll play an interactive game to see how well you know each other. BBBS wants to show our appreciation and recognize you and your Little. Whether you are celebrating your 1st year together, or 6th year, all are welcome to join in the fun. Please note: We will be mailing your certificates and hope you can share them during our time together. This event is for all ages celebrating match anniversaries in March, April, May, and June.
Learn to Earn: Employment Workshop *Ages 12+*
Wednesday, May 26 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Join BBBS and Cielo for a virtual workshop to learn how to prepare for your first job or plan for a career! Bigs and Littles will work with a knowledgeable and friendly Cielo staff member who will guide you through the workshop. During breakout sessions, matches will learn to build a resume, where to apply, interview techniques, and explore what career might be best suited to what makes you unique. This is a great opportunity to help your Little prepare for summer jobs and future careers. This event is for ages 12 and older.
Cream City Gardening *ELEMENTARY EVENT - Ages 6-12*
Wednesday, June 9 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
The Guest House, 1216 N. 13th St., Milwaukee, 53205
Join us for an evening of volunteering with The Guest House. Matches will learn about the importance of urban gardening, how to grow produce, and other tasks to help maintain the Cream City Gardens. Light snacks provided. This event is for Littles in 1st-5th grade.
Cream City Gardening *MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL EVENT - Ages 13+*
Wednesday June 16 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
The Guest House, 1216 N. 13th St., Milwaukee, 53205
Join us for an evening of volunteering with The Guest House. Matches will learn about the importance of urban gardening, how to grow produce, and other tasks to help maintain the Cream City Gardens.” Light snacks provided. This event is for Littles in 6th-12th grade.
Annual Panfishing & Cookout *All Ages*
Saturday, June 19 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (shifts will be determined)
Smokey's Muskie Shop, N27 W27250 Woodland Dr., Pewaukee, 53072
Fishing is a lifetime sport that anyone can do. Join us for our annual event with the Muskies Inc. fishing group. Matches will cruise on pontoon boats while fishing experts teach you how to hook a worm and cast a rod. You will be sure to catch some fish! Please bring your rods and tackle box if you have them (Equipment will be available to borrow free of charge). Cookout, raffle, and prizes to follow. This event is for all ages. Please note: Adults and children ages 16 and older must have a fishing license to participate.
BBBS Annual Kickball Game - Celebrate Success *All Ages and Grade Levels*
Thursday, June 24 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Emigh Playfield, 495 E. Morgan Milwaukee 53207
Kick off the summer and join BBBS for our annual kickball game. This friendly competition is open for all skill levels. Participate in our “Celebrate Success” board by sharing an accomplishment you are proud from this school year and receive a special treat. Dinner will be provided. This event is for all grades and ages.
BBBS Smart Start for New Matches *All Ages*
Tuesday, June 29 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
770 N. Jefferson St. Lower level
Welcome to BBBS! We have a special activity for our newest matches. Join BBBS for a fun-filled activity focused on building your match relationship, meeting other matches, and staying connected to BBBS. The activity will have three interactive opportunities to get to know each other and other matches, work on your personal match goals, and learn about our REACH program and take away great ideas for activities to do together. This activity is for matches within the first three months and for all ages. Each match that attends will receive a gift card for a future outing. We will provide a light dinner.
Match activities provide free and inexpensive things to do and the opportunity to meet other Bigs and Littles. These structured group events are part of REACH, which incorporates learning and development into a variety of activities that provide a well-rounded experience for our Littles. There are five categories of REACH activities: