Iowa’s Little Sister and Little Brother program was started by the Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa pageant committee in 2005 to encourage young children to become more involved in their Czech heritage. This program was inspired by the Little Sister program used at the Miss Czech-Slovak US pageant, held each year in Wilber, Nebraska. At its inception, the program was only open to girls. In 2015, the Czech Heritage Foundation also opened the program to boys.
At the 2005 Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa pageant Mackenzie Serbousek was named the first Little Sister Iowa along with Beth Struzynski, Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa 2005-2006. Since then, many more Little Sisters have been crowned and have participated with the reigning Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa in parades, dances, festivals, and other special events.
In 2015, Lars Landa was crowned the first “Little Brother” for the program, which was moved under the umbrella of the Czech Heritage Prince and Princess program. Both girls and boys ages 6-12 can now apply to be a Czech Little Sister or Little Brother.