Big Brothers Big Sisters seeking mentors
–Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County is looking for mentors for vulnerable, at-risk youth. The organization opened up an office in Paso Robles in March of this year.
Approximately 90 children county-wide on the waiting list; many of them in North County, according to the organization. They are looking for men and women (predominantly men) of all ages to mentor children. They ask for a minimum of 6-8 hours per month and also a minimum 12 month commitment. The timing is very flexible – whatever works for the mentor and the child’s family schedule.
Mentors can open windows of opportunity that the kids never knew were possible. It’s about sharing one’s life and experience with a child – interests, hobbies etc.
Nationwide Harris Interactive survey of alumni Littles found:
Higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships:
• 90-percent said their “big” made them feel better about themselves.
• 86-percent say they lead a fulfilling life.
Avoidance of risky behaviors:
• 90-percent say their “big” helped them make better choices.
• 76-percent learned right from wrong from their “big.”
• 77-percent did better in school because of their “big.”
• 65-percent “big” helped them reach a higher level of education that they thought possible.
For more information on volunteering or contributing to Big Brothers Big Sisters, call (805) 781-3226, or log onto www.slobigs.org.
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