January is national mentoring month and there’s a way you can become involved.
The Big Brothers-Big Sisters organization is looking for bigs to help children waiting for mentors in our area. Executive Director Mollie Crooks said locally about 100 children are waiting in four counties they serve. Some children are for their community based program, which requires two days a month or their school program which is one hour a week.
"January sometimes everybody is done in the dumps and you need a little boost and there’s better than serving as a role model or a mentor to a child," said Crooks. "A lot of people think they get into it so they can make a difference in a child’s life, but what we end up finding out is that it makes a big difference in your own," said Crooks.
Mentors can be anywhere from high school age to senior adults. A screening process does take place to ensure the safety of the children.
"They love that one on one attention and we do find that our programs make our children attend school on a more regular basis. They’re behavior is better. They’re academic performance is better and their self esteem is improved as a result of being mentored through big brothers/big sisters," said Crooks.
Those interested in becoming a big can contact (740) 453-7300. The organization is also gearing up for its major fundraiser, Bowl for Kids Sake. This will be the 30th year for the event. The kick off party will be February 5th at Bryan Place.