January 9, 2017
Atlanta, GA – January is National Mentoring Month, and this year Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (BBBSMA) is celebrating with local activities. BBBMSA has been providing mentoring programs to the community since 1960.
“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,” said Janice McKenzie-Crayton, President and CEO. “This year our programming for National Mentoring Month includes hosting a symposium with national and local experts in mentoring, research and partnership.”
Local programming that is open to the press includes:
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:
Yet, the same research shows that 9 million young people in our country will grow up without a mentor. Metro Atlanta has an immense need for mentors, especially for young boys. Currently, over 400 young men in the twelve counties we serve are on the waiting list for a male mentor.
National Mentoring Month each January allows for unique engagement from community members interested in becoming a mentor. This year, with the support of the mentoring community, we are encouraging the public to go beyond just digital engagement – and 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.
Other important dates for this public awareness campaign that activate on social media include:
National Mentoring Month is led by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with support from the Highland Street Foundation. Each year since its launch in 2002, National Mentoring Month has enjoyed the strong support of the President and the United States Congress. Other prominent individuals who have participated in the campaign include: Maya Angelou, former President Bill Clinton, Clint Eastwood, Quincy Jones, Cal Ripken Jr., Bill Russell and Usher.
To learn more about the role mentoring plays in our community and to find volunteer opportunities visit bbbsatl.org or call (404) 601-7000.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta
For 55 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (BBBSMA) has transformed the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in our community through a proven youth development strategy: one-to-one mentoring. The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. The agency serves approximately 2,500 children from 12 metro Atlanta counties on an annual basis.