Now Is The Time to Become a Bigs In School Volunteer
- on June 2, 2011
This month as hundreds of Lawrence children are on summer vacation from school, Big Brothers Big Sisters reminds the community that it is the perfect time to get involved and become a mentor to a child.
Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters is changing the way kids grow up in Kansas. In fact, a recent study by Harris Interactive found that Big Brothers Big Sisters is making a huge difference in the lives of youth…even after they grow up. A recent breakthrough study finds that adults who were mentored as children in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs are better educated and wealthier than their peers.
A study conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters finds adults mentored as children through Big Brothers Big Sisters programs are more likely than peers, with similar backgrounds, but who were not involved in the programs, to have a four-year college degree and incomes of $75,000 or more. They also report strong relationships with their spouses, children and friends.
“Many people think they don’t have time to be a Big Brother or Big Sister,” said Cathy Brashler, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County Executive Director. “People are surprised to learn it only takes an hour a week to volunteer in our school-based program. It is a great way for busy people to make a long-lasting impact in the life of one child.”
The school-based program, Bigs In Schools, pairs volunteers to at-risk students in their community. Volunteers help students with homework or have fun playing games. The “Big” and “Little” meet at the child’s school during the lunch hour or after school. Since school is out, right now is the perfect time to apply to be a “Big” so when school starts you are ready to be matched to your “Little.”
Since 1991, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County has paired over 1600 adults and children, helping them to develop fulfilling friendships. They have served almost 2000 matches and consistently have about 100 children waiting for a Big Brothers or Big Sister at any one time.
For more information about the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bigs In Schools program or how you can get involved, please call 785-843-7359 or visit http://douglas.kansasbigs.org/.