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Anna Hargis
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January is National Mentoring Month

EVANSVILLE - 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.

During 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.

The community 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.

Children 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.

Right now, 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 kelly.epps@bbbsov.org or call at 812-425-6076. You can also visit our website at bbbsov.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteer Information Sessions:

· January 4: Volunteer Information Session, 5PM, BBBSOV (101 Plaza East Blvd., Ste. 315)

· January 7: Volunteer Information Session, 11:30AM, BBBSOV

· JJnuary 11: Volunteer Information Session, 5PM, BBBSOV

· January 19: Lunch Information Session, Noon, Old National Bank Blue & Gold Room

· January 21: Volunteer Information Session, 11:30AM, BBBSOV

· January 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, forever.

The Vision of Big Brothers Big Sisters is that all children achieve success in life.

About 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 matches.

About 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.

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