Do you know if you’d be a good mentor? Do you know what a mentor is? Do you know how a mentor can make a difference?
Being a good mentor is hard work, whether you are mentoring a new hire at your company, a nephew, or you’re volunteering as a Big Brother. There are many men in our communities that want to make a difference and be a part of something great, but they may not know where to start or think they don’t have the time or the qualities of a good mentor. Being a good mentor actually takes less time than you would think. For example, volunteering as a “Big” for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah is a commitment of only 6 – 12 hours a month! A bike ride around their neighborhood, a one-on-one game of basketball, helping them with their homework is all it takes to change a “Little’s” life for the better.
Research has shown that young boys and men that have the support and attention of a mentor for at least 12 months, show improvement in their belief of educational success, avoid engaging risky behaviors, and have better relationships overall with their parents, families, and friends (BBBSU National Survey, MENTOR 2014 Report).
Volunteers come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. Ask yourself – are you doing as much as you can to improve the future of your communities? Do you have what it takes to change someone’s life for the better? Step up, and be the light in a child’s world.
Big Brothers Big sisters of Utah has kicked off the summer of ’17 with a 2-month recruiting campaign, Real Men Mentor – 60 Men 60 Days, June 1 – Aug. 1. BBBSU is calling on caring and dependable men in Utah to step up and volunteer to mentor a Little Brother. On average, BBBSU has 250 boys waiting for a Big Brother of their own. The goal is to work towards filling that gap so no child has to wait more than a year to be matched with a “Big”. Volunteer today!