BBBS of WNC celebrates National Mentoring Month

Drop-in info session is Feb. 9 at Boojum
Jan 10, 2017
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC Celebrates National Mentoring Month

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of WNC marks National Mentoring Month in January with a call to action to mentor and help youth become successful and productive citizens.

Individuals interested in learning about volunteer opportunities are invited to a Big Brothers Big Sisters Social from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at Boojum Brewery Taproom, 50 N. Main St., Waynesville

This is a drop-in event, and guests can talk with mentors in the program and enjoy appetizers.

The agency will share details about the program, the needs and volunteer opportunities. The community is invited to drop by and learn how little steps lead to a big impact.

The Haywood County office has youth, mostly boys, on the waiting list for a Big Brother or Big Sister.

BBBS staff carefully matches children who face adversity with caring mentors. Staff provides training to mentors as well as ongoing support and optional training. Mentors in the program enjoy activities together twice a month with a young person from a single-parent home.

Calvin Allen has been a Big Brother for more than two years to his Little Brother.

“I enjoy being a Big because it keeps me young and allows me to see the world anew, through the eyes of a young, idealistic person,” said Allen.  “I also like to provide him with a safe, non-judgmental listener and another adult role model. Plus, we do a lot of fun stuff together — bicycling, hiking, photo safaris, volunteering at Eblen and MANNA.”

The local BBBS of WNC agency serves 10 counties in WNC and served 1,592 youth in the last fiscal year. The agency provided 636 youth with one-on-one mentoring relationships, and Project MARS/ AmeriCorps provided academic and supportive resources to 956 students in fiscal year 2015-16.