January is National Mentoring Month

In alignment with National Mentoring Month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ) is launching a call to action for adults in Maricopa County to make an impact on youth in our community through mentorship. Today, one in three kids in America are growing up without a sustained, positive adult mentor in their lives. The gap between mentorship and youth who need it most continues to widen due to perceived barriers of the time and expertise needed to become a mentor. This January, BBBSAZ is shifting perceptions of mentorship and redefining the little everyday moments that can make a big impact on the lives of young people—time already spent going to a movie, sharing a slice of pizza, and getting coffee. #ItTakesLittleToBeBig 

Being a mentor is a rewarding experience that allows you to give back to your community.  

Big Sister Rachel (pictured above with Little Brother Alex and Big Brother David)

Big Sister Rachel says, “Volunteering for BBBS has been a transformative experience for my husband and myself. It has been an honor to play a role in shaping our Little’s life and world view.”  

With over 200 youth currently waiting for a mentor, the time is NOW to get involved however you can. “Recruiting volunteers is one of our top priorities and this is a great time for people to get involved,” said Laura Capello, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona. Our Recruitment team is always working on meeting the needs of our waiting littles. Our team would love to present at your business for a lunch & learn, community group, or place of worship to share how you can help out youth in your community through mentorship. 

Ready to become a Big today? The first step is to watch a six-minute virtual information session which can be found on our website under “Become a Big” or visit www.bbbsaz.org/volunteer

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