Big Brothers Big Sisters is Looking for Mentors!
- on August 15, 2012
This month as Lawrence children return to school, Big Brothers Big Sisters reminds the community that it is the perfect time to get involved and become a mentor.
The school-based program, Bigs In Schools, pairs volunteers to at-risk students in their community. Volunteers help students with homework, play games or work on projects. The “Big” and “Little” meet at school during the lunch hour or after school program. Since school is starting up again, right now is the perfect time to apply to be a Big and help a child start the year off right.
“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.” 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.
The Douglas County Bigs In Schools program is available in all the Lawrence Public elementary and middle schools. With over 40 children eagerly awaiting a Big, come to an orientation session today! Orientations take place Tuesdays at 5:15 and Wednesdays at 12:00.
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 www.douglas.kansasbigs.org