Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington In Need of Male-Identifying Bigs

Submitted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington

Big Brothers Big Sisters operates under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. We are committed to helping children access their own resourcefulness and resiliency in order to realize their fullest potential. As the nation’s largest mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 5 through 18.

At this time, we are seeking out male-identifying individuals in our community who are committed to helping young men reach their full potential in this world we share.  We have the “Littles” and they are in need of some “Bigs”.

Research proves that having a positive male role model has a profound impact on the lives of children. Implementation of study results confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity.  The supportive, healthy relationships formed between Bigs and Littles are both immediate and long-term and contribute to a host of benefits including enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence along with stronger interpersonal skills.

Peer pressure is real and ever-present. We all need someone to talk with, and knowing that a positive role model is available makes life less burdensome. Our boys, in particular, require positive male role models in order for them to excel in their academic pursuits, navigate their social landscape, and grow within their families.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington serves children and families within Thurston, Mason, Pacific, Lewis, and Grays Harbor Counties.  Child safety is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ highest priority. To achieve the highest standards possible, we work constantly to review and strengthen our background check systems as new best practices emerge in the industry. We also make sure our Bigs and our staff have the training and resources they need to help Littles on their path to success.  We work hard to make this experience a lifelong positive memory for participants.

Young people need a variety of role models and examples to learn from and observe throughout their lives. Mentoring through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington creates and fosters an environment where meaningful connections that can positively impact the lives of both mentor and mentee spark change and awaken possibility. Those who receive mentorship are more likely to see improved academic, social, and economic prospects. Those who mentor are able to further build important leadership, management and creative skills, while giving back to their community.

If this is the kind of opportunity that speaks to you, please contact Jeff Engle, Executive Director and Big Brother via phone 360.943.0409 or email jeff@swwabigs.org

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