The Impact of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Program

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
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Throughout his life, Barrett Wragg has sought opportunities to give back to the community. For four years, Barrett Wragg volunteered as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. This program pairs young individuals with a positive adult role model and encourages them to build a one-on-one relationship through a variety of events.

The effectiveness of the program was recently proven by a Public/Private Ventures study that involved 950 young participants in eight different agencies across the country. After 18 months, the independent agency found that participants were 46 percent less likely to use illegal drugs and 52 percent less likely to skip school compared to nonparticipants. In addition, participants reported more confidence in school and a stronger capacity for building healthy relationships with family members.

The study also confirmed the effectiveness of the program’s match initiative, which aims to pair younger participants with older role models that have similar backgrounds and interests. Participants matched through this initiative, rather than through random assignment, consistently spent more time together and continued their relationship for longer periods of time.

Volunteering with the Step Out- Walk to Stop Diabetes

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American Diabetes Association
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A divisional sales manager with T. Rowe Price, Barrett Wragg recently registered to run with his department’s team in the Baltimore Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes event organized by the American Diabetes Association. Barrett Wragg raised more than $200 for the association and its important work. Individuals can support the American Diabetes Association and Step Out in a number of ways, including through volunteer opportunities.

Volunteers help recruit sponsors, teams, and other volunteers to ensure that events across the country run smoothly. Some volunteers provide committee leadership, which involves securing donations from local sources and planning activities for the day of the event. These volunteers also help market Step Out events in their communities and inspire other people to participate or volunteer.

Other volunteers focus their efforts on the day of the event. Volunteers are essential to ensuring a successful Step Out walk. These individuals help register team captains and walkers as they arrive, distribute t-shirts, and serve refreshments at rest stops along the rout. In addition, finish line volunteers greet individuals at the end of the route and offer them cold drinks and nutritious snacks.

Ending Cystic Fibrosis through the Why We Stride Walk

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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
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Barrett Wragg serves as a divisional sales manager for T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills, Maryland. He has been working with the firm’s clients for nearly 15 years. An active member of his community, Barrett Wragg also contributes to worthy charities, including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation aims to end cystic fibrosis and improve quality of life for everyone who lives with the disease. The Foundation is dedicated to funding research and development in pursuit of a cure.

Much of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s funding comes from Why We Stride, its largest fundraising event. Each year, more than 125,000 people come together to walk the 5K events in over 500 locations in the United States.

Participants raise money in teams, setting lofty fundraising goals. They can set up team webpages through the Great Strides website or use the organization’s fundraising app to collect donations. Walkers rally support from their friends and loved ones, who help raise millions to combat cystic fibrosis each year.

Best Time to Visit Kauai

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Kauai
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With a BS in finance and marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park, Barrett Wragg operates as a divisional sales manager for T. Rowe Price, a position he just began in April of 2016. An avid traveler in his free time, Barrett Wragg counts Hawaii, particularly Kauai, among his favorite destinations.

Many people plan to visit Kauai when the weather is poor where they live rather than when it is best on the island. Temperatures on Kauai typically range between 65 and 85 degrees year round. However, rainfall varies greatly, depending on the month. Between December and March, rainfall is at its highest. Still, it is one of the most popular times to visit, so crowds and prices are high during that period. Certain hotels can cost over $500 a night, and visitors must book a room a few months in advance. Summertime is also very crowded and expensive, though rainfall is at its lowest between the months of June and August.

Spring and fall both offer lower rates and fewer crowds on Kauai. Between September and November, many hotels fall below $150 a night, and airfare is also much more affordable. Temperatures range from the low 70s to the 80s, and rainfall is just starting to rise to its peak in December. From April to mid-June, temperatures are ideal and rainfall is relatively low. Hotel prices and airfare are also lower, and the crowds are smaller.

INROADS: Supporting Underserved Youth Through Professional Internships

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INROADS
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Barrett Wragg demonstrates his commitment to sales distribution as a regional investment consultant for T. Rowe Price in Baltimore, Maryland. He also serves as a vice president. Barrett Wragg got his start at T. Rowe Price through INROADS, which he now supports as a successful professional.

INROADS began as a small organization in Chicago, Illinois. It served just 25 students, and had 17 corporate sponsors. After 40 years of service, the organization has gone international, now helping more than 2,000 interns succeed across the world.

INROADS offers services to underserved youth, helping to close achievement gaps in the professional world. These efforts culminate in regional annual learning summit events, which bring top students together for networking and development.

The Mid Atlantic regional event invites students from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC to come for leadership training and corporate development seminars.

The 2016 learning summit will be held July 15 and 16 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Bowl For Kids’ Sake – Supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Bowl For Kids’ Sake
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Barrett Wragg serves as a regional investment consultant and vice president of T. Rowe Price in Baltimore, Maryland. Barrett Wragg supports Baltimore’s youth through several important organizations, and personally mentored a Howard County student for four years through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program.

Bowl For Kids’ Sake is one of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ largest annual fundraisers. The event draws half a million participants and volunteers each year. BBBS Supporters register their fundraising team online, and then set a fundraising goal. Some teams raise $2,000 of more, which directly funds BBBS programs.

In the months preceding the event, participants work with friends and family to raise money. Unlike races or skill-based sporting event fundraisers, donors contribute a one-time gift, not a pledge per pin. This means that even the worst bowler can have fun and raise money for BBBS.

Bowl For Kid’s Sake ends with bowling celebrations at different bowling alleys over the course of a week. Participants bowl, and bring their friends and family to celebrate fundraising success.

MentorZing Celebrates the Impact of Mentors

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MentorZing
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Volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters is a proven opportunity to invest in the future generation. Barrett Wragg, a vice president with T. Rowe Price, recognizes the benefits of this kind of investment and has been involved with the organization for several years. Big Brothers Big Sisters strives to match professional mentors with kids that need a supportive adult influence. When people like Barrett Wragg join together to make an impact in their communities, at-risk kids, their families and their schools are all positively affected.

Every year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake hosts MentorZing, a fundraising event that raises funds and awareness for the beneficial work of the organization. At the event, prominent area leaders share about the impact of mentorship within their industries. Those who are involved with mentoring have the opportunity to motivate volunteers and bring to life what they do.

After the April 2015 riots that took place in Baltimore, Big Brothers Big Sisters received 200 requests for mentors for area youth within a four week time frame. Normally, the organization receives 200 requests over a two year period. The MentorZing event held in June of that year was a timely reminder of the need for mentoring and the positive impact it has on area youth.