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Top of the mornin’! 

It’s crazy to think we are already in the second week of June! In this week’s edition of the Big & Mini, we’ll be looking at neato activities you can do right now (yes, right now!), a new matching system, a tutorial video, and so much more!

Quote of the week:

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”- J.R.R. Tolkein


Updates and News

As someone who often struggles with technology, I can say that tutorials are always welcome. Are you having trouble with Jitsi or the Big & Mini website? Check out this super helpful video on how to work it:


New semi-automated matching system:

The Big & Mini coding team has developed a brand new semi-automatic pair matching system and quiz system! We hope this will decrease wait times from sign up to matching. It will also make our system more efficient. Read this article by our very own Anthony Zhou to learn more about it:


Big & Mini gets a big grant!

Due to all of our (yours too!) hard work, persistence, and drive, Big & Mini has been selected for a special grant and training from Blackstone! The proceeds will go to maintaining our website and software. We are looking forward to getting professional advice and mentorship to help make our organization better, more efficient, and reach a greater number of people! Read more about it here:


Austin Chronicle:

The Austin Chronicle news site has a new article about Big & Mini! Read it now to learn some more of our stories and to see our goal to reach out to more Bigs!


Writers needed!

Do you have a passion and skill for writing you would like to show to the world? We are in need of writers for the Big & Mini team! If you are interested in writing weekly articles about our website, story, and goals for us, contact us at


Group Activities:

Next Saturday, June 20th, we will have our 3rd social! Check your dashboard for the link and time!

While you're waiting...



In case the article wasn’t enough to keep you busy, here are some more fantastic activities to make these days memorable:

  1. Call your relatives and catch up
  2. See how many different bird species are just outside your window
  3. Learn to cook a new and tasty meal
  4. Try a new dance move
  5. See how many star constellations you can identify

Weekly Fun Facts

  • The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland.
  • The most expensive car in the world is a Rolls-Royce that sold for $13 million.
  • Some police forces in China use geese squads as alert systems.

Book recommendations

  • Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White
  • In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
  • Animal Farm, by George Orwell

Movie recommendations

  • Glory
  • The Lion King
  • E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial



Weekly Challenge

Big & Mini is challenging you to try something new, fun, and productive!

This week, we challenge you to...

Learn a new word every day! Expand that vocabulary! If you accomplish it, let us know through an email or social media! We may just feature you on our website or social media page (with your permission, of course!)

Thank you!

Again, thank you so much for being a part of Big & Mini. With your help, we’re making the world just a little bit brighter :).


Big & Mini Team

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