Every January, in addition to celebrating the beginning of a brand new year, we celebrate National Mentoring Month. It’s a campaign to recognize mentoring and the positive effects it has on young lives.
We all know that mentoring works, but a recent national report found that one in three young people in America will grow up without a mentor. And here in the Twin Cities, BBBS keeps a waiting list with the names of nearly 300 boys and girls on it – all kids who need a Big Brother or Big Sister. Without a positive role model and champion in their life, it will be much harder for these children to make good decisions, stay engaged at school and avoid delinquency.
So how do we make sure no child slips through the cracks? That’s where National Mentoring Month comes in. The movement has three goals: to raise awareness of mentoring, to recruit individuals to become mentors, and to promote the growth of mentoring.
We need your help to meet these goals, and put every child on the path to success. Here are a few ways to get involved this January:
Spread the word
Bigs, parents, mentees and community members can use social media to tell their friends how mentoring has shaped their lives. Tomorrow, January 8, is “I’m a Mentor” day, and next Thursday, January 15, is “Thank your Mentor” day. These are the perfect opportunities to share your story and join the national conversation. (Use the hashtag #SomeoneWhoMatters and tag Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities on Facebook and @bbbsgtc on Twitter.)
Find out what mentoring is all about
Join us for “Eat, Drink and Be Mentors” on January 22! It’s an informal happy hour with current, former and potential future Bigs. Enjoy food, meet people who are passionate about BBBS, and learn more about our program. Click here to RSVP by January 19 >
Become a Big
Change the life of one child, and you’ll change the world. Sign up to become a Big Brother or Big Sister today! >
High-quality, professionally supported mentoring is only possible through your support. Make a gift today >