In celebration of January’s National Mentoring Month, Big Brothers Big Sisters is launching Start Something™, the network’s first nationwide mentoring support pledge drive. Locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound is participating in a pledge drive, asking community members to Start Something for kids by giving financially and/or by giving their time. Big Brothers Big Sisters is also launching a unique Ask-a-Man Campaign to recruit 100 men to be Big Brothers in just one month. With over 300 Puget Sound boys – compared to only 200 girls – waiting for an adult mentor, Big Brothers Big Sisters is challenging supporters to “Ask a Man” to start something by becoming a volunteer and giving a child a new perspective.
East King County, including the Kirkland area, has about 75 actively waiting Little Brothers – kids we would match immediately if we had a qualified Big Brother available.
A survey of former Littles in our programs, which provide community- and school-based mentoring services based on proven standards, exemplifies the specific ways adult mentors change the lives of those they mentor:
- 84% of former Littles surveyed agree their experience influenced them in showing understanding to those less fortunate.
- 81% of former Littles surveyed agree their Big gave them hope & changed their perspective of what they thought possible.
- 85% of former Littles surveyed agree their experience influenced them in overcoming adversity or problems with courage.
We would love to connect you with a local match who can share their story and bring this challenge home for your readers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information, including images for your posts.
The action you take today will change a child's life for the better, forever. Start Something.™ >