Big Brothers Big Sisters Celebrates National Mentoring Month

January 4, 2016 9am

In celebration of National Mentoring Month this January, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta is announcing its goal of doubling the number of new matches made in 2016.

January 2016 is National Mentoring Month and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta joins the celebration of the positive impact of mentoring by announcing the agency goal of doubling the number of new matches made in 2016. The agency currently has more than 700 children waiting for a one-to-one mentoring matches, including 500 boys. Our goal is to make 700 new matches in 2016.

“Every day that a child waits, he or she becomes vulnerable to negative influences,” says Julio Carrillo, Chief Operating Officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta. “We are working hard to move as many children as possible off the waiting list in 2016.”

Children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta program have strong indicators of future success:

  • 95% are promoted on time to the next grade
  • 99% avoid contact with the juvenile justice system
  • 95% of seniors graduate from high school on time
  • 82% go on to pursue post-secondary educational opportunities

To support this effort the agency is launching a new marketing campaign – One Friendship. Endless Possibilities. The ‘One Friendship, Endless Possibilities’ campaign seeks to recruit more mentors, but focuses on the specific need of recruiting male mentors for the boys who currently make up the majority of the waiting list.

About National Mentoring Month

National Mentoring Month is a campaign held each January to promote youth mentoring in the United States. It was inaugurated in 2002, and is spearheaded by the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Through collaborations with national and local partners the aim is to increase the number of mentors to assure positive outcomes for young people across the nation.

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.

For more information on BBBSMA, visit our website at www.bbbsatl.org or follow us on Facebook Twitter at @bbbsatl.

If you wish to get more information about our mentoring programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, please contact:

Michele Pearce, VP of Development and Public Relations

Michele.Pearce@bbbsatl.org

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