Big Brothers, Big Sisters seeks mentors

January has been National Mentoring Month and through Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge’s youth mentoring, there are more than 450 children spending quality time with caring mentors each week.

The statistics revealed by the research of Public/Private Ventures and Harris Interactive show:

•  52 percent of children involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program are less likely to skip school.

•  46 percent are less likely to begin using illegal drugs.

•  33 percent are less likely to hit someone.

•  90 percent said their Big Brother or Big Sister made them feel better about themselves.

•  81 percent said their Big Brother or Big Sister caused them to change what they thought possible in life.

•  77 percent set higher goals than they would have on their own.

•  42 percent earned a degree from a four-year college, compared to just 22 percent of their fathers and 25 percent of their mothers.

Unfortunately, however, there are still approximately 250 children on a waiting list for a Big Brother or Big Sister. These children already have gone through the enrollment process but are not matched yet.

During National Mentoring Month, think about becoming that special mentor to a child by becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister.

For more information, contact Alan K. Stout, community and resource development coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge, at 800-955-4376 or astout@csswb.org.