Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa, the premier youth mentoring organization in our community, makes mentoring matches between Bigs (mentors) and Littles (youth). Our mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. For more than 50 years, BBBSCI has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is incredible potential. BBBSCI engages caring mentors to defend the potential of youth in our community, ensuring they graduate from high school and succeed in life.
On Friday, November 22, 2019, BBBSCI is hosting a brand NEW event called Are You Smarter Than a Little? This event will feature business and community leaders from across the Greater Des Moines area as contestants in a game based on the popular TV show, "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader". Each contestant will be paired with a BBBSCI Little Brother or Little Sister and will face off in a friendly, fun competition to see who can win the game! The event will include a cocktail reception, silent auction prior to the game show, and dessert reception to follow. This event raises funds that go directly toward defending the potential of youth in our community through BBBSCI's Community-Based and School-Based Mentoring Programs.
Our Celebrity Contestants include:
Emily Abbas - SVP, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Bankers Trust
Jeff Russell - President & CEO, Delta Dental of Iowa
Jim Brannen - CEO, FBL Financial Group
Marta Codina - Region Bank President, Wells Fargo
Mike Wilson - President & CEO, Federal Home Loan Bank
Ron Grensteiner - President, American Equity Investment Life Insurance Co.
Rosalind Fox - Factory Manager, John Deere Des Moines Works
Shekinah Young - Program Officer, Principal Financial Group
Skylar Mayberry-Mayes - BBBSCI Board Member