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Big Brothers Big Sisters Celebrates National Mentoring Month

County Executive, Joe Parisi to speak to over 90 matches that have been together for 5+ years on Thursday, January 26 from 6:00-7:30pm at Goodman Community Center!

MADISON, Wis. – In honor of National Mentoring Month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County (BBBSDC) will celebrate volunteer mentors at their second annual “Match-iversary” event. Close to 100 volunteers have committed to being a Big Brother or Big Sister to Dane County youth for five years or more.

“We ask volunteers to mentor a child for at least two years to see the positive effects of mentoring. At Match-iversary we’ll celebrate those mentoring relationships that have endured for 5+ years. Mentoring is a critical part of developing positive relationships within our community – mentoring is proven to have a positive effect on academic, social, and economic outcomes for our young people, but our volunteers benefit as well.” said BBBSDC CEO, Sandy Morales.

Research shows that mentors can play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible choices, attend and engage in school, and reduce or avoid risky behavior like drug use. In turn, these young people are:

55% more likely to be enrolled in college

81% more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities.

78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities.

More than twice as likely to say they held a leadership position in a club or sports team.

Yet, the same research shows that 9 million young people in our country will grow up without a mentor. Today, in our community there are about 300 kids who could benefit from having a mentor.

National Mentoring Month each January allows for unique engagement from community members interested in becoming a mentor. This year, we are encouraging the public to become involved in making a real life impact. Mentoring relationships are at their best when connections are made between a caring adult and a young person who knows that someone is there to help guide them through those real life decisions. To learn more about the role mentoring plays in our community and to sign up to become a mentor, please visit www.bbbs.org/danecounty or call (608) 661-5437.

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About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County: As a premier mentoring organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with a strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentor relationship that can change the life of a child for the better, forever. BBBS of Dane County serves more than 650 at-risk children in Dane County. For more information about the agency, visit www.bbbs.org/danecounty or call (608) 661-5437.

We kindly ask that all press withhold the last names in publication of any non-adult Littles who are currently enrolled in our program.


 

 

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