BBBSOV Media Contact
January is National Mentoring Month
Ind. – January is National Mentoring Month. This is the 15th year
for the nationwide public awareness campaign about the importance of, and the
need for, youth mentoring. In your everyday life, who do you turn to? According
to MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, 9 million kids in America are
growing up without an answer to this question. They make everyday choices
without enough guidance and support – the kind most of us count on. Every child
should have someone to turn to.
National Mentoring Month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ohio Valley (BBBSOV)
is working to recruit ‘31 Mentors in 31 Days.’ BBBSOV strives to make
meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children
(Littles). Each match is unique and special to both the Big and the Little.
BBBSOV serves children in Vanderburgh, Warrick, Henderson, Perry, Spencer, Gibson
and Posey Counties.
is invited, and encouraged, to attend a volunteer information session (see list
below) in January to learn about how to mentor a child in one of our programs. There
are two types of mentoring programs available; community-based and school-based
mentoring. Community-based mentoring consists of taking the child (Little) out
in the community at least twice a month for a total of three to five hours.
School-based mentoring consists of visiting the Little once a week during their
lunch break at school.
matched in new mentoring relationships are ages 8-12 and come from a variety of
different backgrounds. The children that benefit most from these mentoring
programs are those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty, and/or
struggling in school.
Research shows that having a caring adult in a child’s life, who is not
a parent, is linked to improved grades
and decreased delinquency. These
positive relationships have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of the children
as well as mentors.
BBBSOV is seeking volunteer mentors who are committed to making a positive
impact on a child’s life. For more information on how you can get involved, please
email our Associate Director of Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at
812-425-6076. You can also visit our website at bbbsov.org.
Big Sisters Volunteer Information Sessions:
4: Volunteer Information Session, 5PM, BBBSOV (101 Plaza
East Blvd., Ste. 315)
7: Volunteer Information Session, 11:30AM, BBBSOV
11: Volunteer Information Session, 5PM, BBBSOV
19: Lunch Information Session, Noon, Old National Bank Blue & Gold Room
21: Volunteer Information Session, 11:30AM, BBBSOV
25: Volunteer Information Session, 5:30PM, BBBSOV
The Mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to
provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally
supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better,
The Vision of Big Brothers Big Sisters is that
all children achieve success in life.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is the
nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network. With over 300
agencies, BBBS holds itself accountable for children in their programs to
achieve measurable outcomes such as educational success, avoidance of risky
behaviors, and better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians,
schools, corporations and others in the community, BBBS carefully pairs
children ("Littles") with screened volunteer mentors
("Bigs") and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ohio Valley
BBBSOV operates out of its main office in
Evansville with satellite offices in Henderson, Princeton, Tell City, and Mt.
Vernon. These offices serve children in Vanderburgh, Warrick, Gibson, Henderson,
Perry, Spencer, and Posey Counties. Last year, 345 local children were
supported in the BBBSOV mentoring programs.