Only three of every 10 mentors in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program are men leaving over 150 boys idle on the organizations waiting list, some have waited for mentors for years. To address the shortage Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge in the Wyoming Valley will launch its “30 Men in 30 Days” campaign on April 15 to recruit at least 30 male volunteers by May 15. Big Brothers Big Sisters is also asking businesses and organizations to get involved by allowing a BBBS representative to set up a recruitment table, at their business, during lunch and break periods to recruit employees who may be interested in signing up for this program.
Mentoring is no longer an issue of want it’s an urgency with community problems such as violence, truancy, drug and alcohol problems and dropout rates. According to Public/Private Ventures research, children in the one-to-one mentoring program are 52 percent less likely to skip school and 46 percent less likely to start using drugs.
Mentors known as “Bigs” are asked to devote at least one hour two to four times a month for a year. Big Brothers Big Sisters research shows that children or “Littles” often shine with no more than that amount.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is not looking for superheroes but for real men who are willing to spend a little time to make a big change in the life of a child and the community at whole.
For more information or to get involved today call 1-800-955-4376 or enter your zip code below.