TOPEKA -- This month as children go back to school, the need for school-based mentors will increase dramatically. The school-based mentoring option is one of the most popular programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters because of its flexibility for volunteers.
Volunteers are asked to meet with a child once a week at the child’s school during lunch or at the end of the school day. The mentor can help with school work, play games or just listen to things going on in the child’s life. This little bit of time makes a huge difference in the life of the child.
New data from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, developed with leading researchers, substantiate that the mentoring program has positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth who face adversity. Reports show improvements for youth during the first year of enrollment in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in the areas of educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors and social-emotional competency.
“This is such a critical time of year for children. It is important to get the school year started on the right foot and a mentor can help do that for a child in need. If you have ever thought of volunteering, now is the time,” said Nancy Daniels, Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Topeka.
“We have 76 children waiting for a mentor right here in Topeka. Our goal is to find a mentor for each of them early in the school year to maximize the positive academic and behavioral outcomes. Children with a mentor do better in school and stay in school longer. That is something that can’t wait.”
For more information on how you or your company can get involved with mentoring, go to www.kansasbigs.org or call 234-5524.