This is a special opportunity just for John Hancock employees to donate activity supplies to some of our Big and Little Sisters.
The Big and Little Sisters below are part of our Site-Based Mentoring program at the Josiah Quincy School in Boston. These matches meet at the Josiah Quincy once a week throughout the school year and love to do crafts, science projects, writing and drawing, or reading together.
Perhaps more important than the learning and growing opportunities presented by the activities is the conversations that occur during them. The activities provide a safe space for Little Sister to talk to a trusted adult about all facets of her life, and continue to build the bond between her and her Big Sister. By supporting these activities and interests, you are also providing a catalyst for strengthening a relationship that yields profound outcomes in improved confidence, academic performance, interpersonal relationships, and healthy decision-making.
Little Sister Winnie & Big Sister Janine
Matched for 1.5 years. Winnie is in the 5th grade.
Interests are: Coloring in an intricate coloring book, doing word searches, and making slime.
Would love to: Try other puzzle books like Sudoku or word puzzles, and also make bracelets.
Little Sister Paris & Big Sister Hannah
Matched for 1.5 years. Paris is in the 4th grade.
Interests are: All things crafts and exploration. This match likes to do more complicated projects that take a few weeks to complete.
Would love to: Make more slime, make jewelry, play Jenga (Hannah has never won playing Paris in Jenga. Paris is a Jenga master), and make keepsake boxes.
Little Sister Cathy & Big Sister Rebecca
Matched for 6 months. Cathy is in the 3rd grade.
Interests are: All crafts, especially friendship bracelets, rainbow loom and origami.
Would love to: Do any painting projects, especially with watercolors.
Little Sister Kaitlyn & Big Sister Katherine
Matched for 1.5 years. Kaitlyn is in the 4th grade.
Interests are: Making slime, playing Jenga, or doing other crafts that don’t require strong fine motor skills.
Would love to: Read chapter books, like Amelia Bedelia, or make things with model clay.
Little Sister Joyce & Big Sister Ashley
Matched for nearly 2 years. Joyce is int the 5th grade. She is outgoing and extremely conversational. Last spring, we asked Joyce how it’s helpful to have a Big Sister. She said, “Sometimes I ask her for advice and sometimes her advice actually works.”
Interests are: Match loves making slime and stress balls but also played board games or card games.
Would love to: Learn to sew and play strategy games like Ticket to Ride and Quirkle
Little Sister Yeilani & Big Sister Catherine
Matched for 2.6 years. Yeilani is in the 5th grade.
Interests are: Playing animated games of Slamwich and making slime to perfection.
Would love to: Make stress balls and play Charades.
Little Sister Wendy & Big Sister Daniela
Matched for 9 months. Wendy is in the 5th grade.
Interests are: Making stress balls or slime and painting with glitter.
Would love to: Make clay or bracelets, and painting projects.
Little Sister Sarah & Big Sister Anita
Matched for 6 months. Sarah is in the 4th grade. When Big Sister Anita was in elementary school, she was a Little Sister herself at the Josiah Quincy!
Interests are: Learning how to draw unicorns and dolphins and writing in a journal together.
Would love to: Play with model clay.
Little Sister Zhiyin & Big Sister Nicole
Matched for 8.5 years! Zhiyin is a senior in high school at the Josiah Quincy Upper School.
Interests are: Talking about their lives and, more recently, the college process for Zhiyin.
Would love to: Have books on the college process and essay writing. They would make good use of a journal and planner.
Little Sister Sarah & Big Sister Carra
Matched for 10 months. Sarah is in the 4th grade. She is very social and always sits with several friends at lunch, but she happily leaves them to be with Carra on their visit day.
Interests are: Games, like Izzi puzzle, Farkel, and card games. They also enjoy a variety of arts & crafts projects using paints and markers.
Would love to: Use watercolor paints and gel markers.