Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Manchester has issued a call for 100 Bigs in 100 Days, urging men and women in the Greater Manchester and Concord communities to volunteer their time and become a Big Brother or Big Sister to one of over 100 children currently on a waiting list seeking mentors.
Our organization is dedicated to enriching the lives of children, especially those in need of consistent role models, through one-on-one friendships between young people and adult mentors. The "matches" meet a few hours each month and establish connections through simple activities and outings.
With over 300 youth currently being served throughout the 57 towns in 5 counties that we serve in southern and central New Hampshire, there still remains a significant need . Adults often feel uncertain of their ability to mentor a youth, what to do during their time with a child, and how they could fit mentoring into their schedule. However, BBBSGM takes care of these concerns by making volunteering flexible and just a couple of hours a month and matches each Big with just the right child for them and supports each pair every step of the way.
"Mentors tell us they get more out of the experience than they ever thought possible, and the impact of spending time with these kids who don't have a consistent adult role model in their lives has proven to contribute to healthier families, better schools, stronger communities and brighter futures for all," said Katie Orlando, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Manchester. "Our goal is to surpass 100 new matches in the Greater Manchester and Concord areas by the end of December so youth are matched during the first months of a new year at school, a time when many youth can be vulnerable, and in time for the December holidays. I urge everyone to strongly consider this opportunity."
Being a "Big" is as simple as spending a couple hours with your "Little", a few times a month, enjoying all different kinds of no-cost/low-cost activities, including:
·A trip to a park for catch, baseball or basketball
·Riding bikes, taking a hike, or visiting the YMCA
·Exploring new places, like museums, restaurants, new neighborhoods
·Playing video games or sharing favorite movies together
Not only is being a mentor fun, but it is also an opportunity to help shape a child's future for the better by empowering him to achieve success. Research has shown children with adult mentors are 46 percent less likely than their peers to use drugs and 52 percent less likely to skip school. Mentored youth also become more adept at having quality relationships with adults, which contributes to their abilities to advocate for themselves throughout their lives.
With 48 years of experience fostering professionally supported, one-on-one friendships between young people and adults, BBBSGM is helping to strengthen the communities in New Hampshire by providing youth with invested, caring adult mentors. Start the process of becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister today!