Applaud the mentors in your life this Father’s Day

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Each year, one day is devoted to celebrate the influential role fathers play in the lives of their children, families and communities. The third Sunday of each June reminds us of our admiration for the dads in our society.

After years of celebrating Father’s Day, we tend to glide through the holiday without much thought. The day is no longer a celebration, but a routine, and we forget what we are truly applauding: the power of mentoring.

Fathers, mentors, provide their children with someone to look up to, and teach the importance of integrity, generosity and self-worth, while providing invaluable support, encouragement and friendship.

However, you don’t need to share genes to share a meaningful relationship with a young person. Mentors come in all shapes and sizes, from all backgrounds and have the same lasting impact on those they mentor as fathers do on their children.

So instead of simply celebrating for celebration’s sake, remember what we’re honoring this weekend on Father’s Day: the transformative impact positive role models have on the children in their lives. And let’s remember to express our gratitude toward mentors in our community not just one, but 365 days of the year.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities would like to extend a high-five to all the fathers and male mentors within our community. Your influence and dedication do not go unnoticed.

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