Looking to make a difference in your community in 2019? Why not make mentoring part of your New Year’s Resolutions this January. Mentoring not only provides a great sense of intrinsic value and positive feelings, it also helps ignite the potential that exists in every child.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ), along with more than 270 Big Brother Big Sisters affiliates across the country, is celebrating National Mentoring Month in January. Throughout the month, BBBSAZ will share the importance of mentoring and the tremendously positive impact it can have on the personal growth and development of young people.
“Having a great role model in your life is remarkably powerful,” said Laura Capello, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona. “As people are considering how to make positive changes in the new year, we encourage them to make a resolution to get involved, better themselves and improve the life a child. Recruiting volunteers is one of our top priorities and this is a great time for people to get involved.”
To encourage participation in its mentoring programs, BBBSAZ launched the YOU+2 campaign, which is designed to find adult mentors for all the youth on their waitlist. The goal of YOU+2 is to sign up 100 volunteers who will not only commit to becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, but will also commit to registering two friends to become Bigs, too. One hundred YOU+2 Ambassadors and 200 of their friends will reduce the current BBBSAZ waitlist to zero. Launched last year, the agency has set a deadline of Jan. 31, 2019 to complete this goal.
The core model of BBBSAZ is focused on building bridges in communities by connecting one adult with one child and supporting that match at every stage. The organization concentrates on a child’s potential, and the role adults play in helping children achieve their best possible futures.
For 60 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. 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”), ages six through 18. They develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. To learn more about BBBSAZ or how to get involved, visit www.bbbsaz.org/thebigresolution or contact BBBSAZ at 602-264-BIGS.