|November 1st-February 8th Men are Encouraged to Start Something for Local Boys
Venice, FL — Big Brothers Big Sisters serving Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, Highlands, Hardee, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties launches “100 Men in 100 Days” campaign to encourage men to become a Big Brother and volunteer with the organization. The recruitment campaign comes at a good time, as there are 276 boys waiting to be matched with a positive male role model.
We are calling all men to action! Here is what you need to do: call our toll free number, (855) 501-BIGS, meet your Little Brother and have fun!
While Big Brothers Big Sisters accepts volunteers from all walks of life, there is a greater need for male mentors. Currently, 52% of the youth we serve in our program are boys and 39% of the volunteers are men. Now more than ever, Big Brothers Big Sisters needs men to step up and start something.
Big Brother of the Year, Paul Davidson sees firsthand the impact he is having on his Little Brothers life. “Too few people realize, and I was one of them, that they are able to mentor a child. We just need Big Brothers Big Sisters to choose the path of being able and willing to mentor a child. You get back so much more than you put in.”
Research shows that having the positive influence of a “Big” makes a real difference in the life of a child. “Littles” experience improvements in academic performance, behavior and relationships at home and elsewhere, according to independent studies. In the Decisions to Win program, 97% of the seniors who completed the program graduated from high school. “Littles” have also demonstrated better success in school with 93% improving or maintaining their academic performance.
Mentoring is one of the most rewarding, enjoyable and simple things a volunteer can do. For as little as one hour a week, volunteers can add joy to the life of a child, and ultimately, contribute greatly to his or her potential.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast provides one-to-one mentoring relationships to children ages 6-18 years old throughout the Gulf Coast of Florida in Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, Highlands, Hardee, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. The organization provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. For more information visit: www.bbbssun.org