Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area Kicks off National Mentoring Month with Search for 100 New Mentors

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Big Brothers Big Sister of the Bay Area (BBBSBA) launches a new campaign to recruit 100 new Bay Area Mentors by the end of January 2013. The campaign kick-off coincides with National Mentoring Month and is designed to immediately begin serving at risk children currently waiting for mentoring support.

“National Mentoring Month provides BBBSBA with the opportunity to highlight the power of mentorship in changing a child’s life for the better and offering our young people new opportunities and expanded options for their futures,” said Katherine Bella, Ch

Big Brothers Big Sister of the Bay Area (BBBSBA) launches a new campaign to recruit 100 new Bay Area Mentors by the end of January 2013. The campaign kick-off coincides with National Mentoring Month and is designed to immediately begin serving at risk children currently waiting for mentoring support.

“National Mentoring Month provides BBBSBA with the opportunity to highlight the power of mentorship in changing a child’s life for the better and offering our young people new opportunities and expanded options for their futures,” said Katherine Bella, Chief Executive Officer of BBBSBA. “With 720 children on our waiting list, there is much more work to be done. We want to rally the Bay Area adult male population to serve as mentor volunteers to those many young boys who need us and make up the majority of children on our list. And we look to the local population as a whole to support our work with their charitable donations so that we can increase our positive impact on children in the community.”

THE NEED

  •     There are currently 720 at risk children on the BBBSBA waiting list, 80 percent of which are boys. However only 25% of BBBSBA’s pool of prospective mentors are men. BBBSBA currently has fewer than 20 volunteers applying to become mentors in cities like Oakland and San Jose. BBBSBA serves children who are at risk -- 85 percent live in low income housing, 21 percent are in foster care and 19 percent have at least one parent in prison. Wait listed children by county, include:
  •     239 in Alameda
  •     180 in Contra Costa
  •     136 in San Francisco
  •     52 in San Mateo
  •     113 in Santa Clara

THE IMPACT
Mentors, backed by quality mentoring programs, play a powerful role in preventing substance abuse and youth violence, as well as boosting academic achievement and workforce readiness. BBBSBA’s mentoring services have a measurable impact on at-risk youth. Recent studies show youths matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister for 18 months or more have:

  • 100% improved GPA’s if they were failing students.
  • 92% have improved self- confidence.
  • 98% have higher aspirations and better relationships.
  • 98% increased scholastic competencies, grades, and education expectations.
  • 89% avoided smoking, drinking, drugs, skipping school.

MENTORING
Potential mentors can sign up at http://www.bbbsba.org. Mentors need to over 21 years old, go through a background check, and have good references.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area
Founded locally in 1958, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area serves over 1,100 children annually in five Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and San Mateo. Part of the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the US, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area is an independent 501c3 nonprofit that receives no direct national funding. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area differs from other mentorship organizations by focusing on one-on-one mentoring that has a proven and measurable positive impact. To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, please visit http://www.bbbsba.org.

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