Big Brothers Big Sisters serving Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, Highlands, Hardee, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties launches the “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 286 boys waiting to be matched with a positive male role model.
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 become a Big Brother.
Big Brother of the Year, John Sciandra sees firsthand the positive effect he is having on his Little Brothers life. “Little did I know what a life changing experience I was in for through these relationships. As a Big Brother I have experienced rewards beyond my furthest expectations. There is no doubt there will be lasting positive effects for all involved due to our relationships. I feel I have gained a family relationship that will last a lifetime.”
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, 95% of the seniors who completed the program graduated from high school. “Littles” have also demonstrated better success in school with 92% 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. Mentors have found that they not only change the life of a child for the better, but also enrich their own lives.
We are calling all men to action! Here is what you need to do: call our toll free number, (855) 501-BIGS, or email Gina Taylor, VP Communications & Marketing, at firstname.lastname@example.org, meet your Little Brother and have fun!