This January, as part of National Mentoring Month, Big Brothers Big Sisters launches Start Something™, a national initiative inviting all adults – not just volunteers — to support quality mentoring to help children who face adversity beat the odds.
The nation’s leader in quality one-to-one youth mentoring services, Big Brothers Big Sisters holds itself accountable for and is able to measure specific youth outcomes — educational achievement, avoidance of risky behaviors (especially juvenile delinquency), higher self-esteem, confidence and ability to relate to others. Start Something challenges our local citizens to visit www.bbbscoastalempire.org to get involved by donating, sharing mentoring success stories or volunteering. Increased funding will allow Big Brothers Big Sisters to carefully make more mentoring matches and provide ongoing assistance for mentors, mentees and families to help sustain long successful relationships unique to its programs.
“We know the serious risks – high dropout rates, juvenile crime, teen pregnancy
– facing today’s youth and we know all too well what happens when we do nothing. Start Something empowers our local individuals to become a part of a proven solution,” said John Kendricks, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Coastal Empire. “We are proud of all who take the initiative to Start Something. What better time than now, National Mentoring Month, to start a child on the road to success? When our kids improve in and out of school, our entire community succeeds.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters estimates the cost of carefully matching a child with the right volunteer mentor and managing the relationship with ongoing monitoring, training and support for the mentor, mentee and family is about $1,000 a year and more in larger cities. Start Something is a reminder that while volunteers are a critical component of its successful mentoring programs, funds are needed to manage its mentoring programs, expand them to more children and to track and measure impact and outcomes.
National Mentoring Month is spearheaded by the Harvard Mentoring Project of the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is a lead partner. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Coastal Empire is an affiliate agency of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and lowincome families or households where a parent is incarcerated. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”).
In 2010 Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Coastal Empire served nearly 500 children. Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life, donate, or volunteer at BigBrothersBigSisters.org.