Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking to put the men back in MENtoring.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region provides life-changing mentoring relationships to boys and girls in Midland, Bay, Saginaw and Isabella Counties. Currently, there are over 25 boys in the Great Lakes Bay Region waiting to be matched with a Big Brother. Because of a lack of male mentors, boys usually wait much longer than girls to find a mentor, possibly many weeks, or months. Big Brothers Big Sisters has committed to finding these boys a mentor, soon.
“The numbers just are not adding up”, says Susan Putnam, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters. “70% of children on Big Brothers Big Sisters waiting lists are boys while only 3 out of 10 volunteer inquiries are from men. All the children on our waitlist need a mentor, but many of the boys on our waitlist need us most. We need men willing to step up and coach these boys.”
Many men hesitate to serve as a Big Brother because they’re unsure of the commitment and expectations. Luckily, it’s simple. Being a Big Brother simply means spending time with a child 2-3 times a month for a minimum of a year doing things you both like to do. Serving as a Big Brother does not mean you become a father figure, rather a Big Brother is a friend, a coach and a listening ear and will make far more of an impact in those roles than most men will ever realize.
Activities Big Brothers have done with their Little Brothers include:
Work on cars
Great Lakes Loons Game
Saginaw Spirit Hockey Game
Saginaw Sting Football Game
Learning an instrument
Northwood Car Show
Northwood Basketball Game
CMU Football Game
SVSU Football Game
Detroit Pistons Game
Soapbox car building
There’s no commitment to learn more. Fill out an inquiry form and a Big Brothers Big Sisters representative will contact you to tell you more about the program and answer your questions.