Big Brothers Big Sisters Seeking 100 Bigs Over 100 Days of Summer
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago (BBBSChi) is focused on bringing one-to-one mentoring to every Lake County neighborhood. The organization has officially set a goal of enrolling 100 new volunteers to become Bigs before the end of summer, ensuring kids go back to school with the critical support of a mentor by their side.
Right now, one in three children across Lake County are growing up without a mentor in their lives. The families who reach out to Big Brothers Big Sisters are often in vulnerable situations due to systemic barriers and adverse conditions -- like violence -- which increases drastically over the summer months. While none of us can prevent all the trauma that our young people experience, there are two proven ways to counter it: The first is to put a caring, committed mentor in a child's life, and the second is through positive childhood experiences. Both are at the core of the Big Brothers Big Sisters' mission.
"We are at a critical juncture as we look toward the future of our communities," said Jeremy Foster, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Chicago. "Young people are hurting. The pandemic and subsequent isolation from peers and positive relationships has taken its toll. That is why we must meet this moment with the urgency it demands and show young people that we care with support and solutions. Over the past five years, 99% of the high school seniors in the BBBSChi program graduated from high school and 97% moved on to two- and four-year colleges, a trade, the military, or a job placement. We are looking to individuals across Lake County to step up and join us in this life-changing work."
Being a Big doesn't take prior experience or knowledge. It means committing to spending a few hours a month with a young person doing things that you love to do, like playing basketball, visiting the library, or learning how to cook. To learn more about becoming a volunteer and giving kids in your community the advantage they deserve, contact Kaleb Taylor at (312) 775-2643 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago is an affiliate of the nation's largest donor-and volunteer-supported mentoring network. BBBS provides high quality one-on-one mentoring services to over 2,000 children and their families across Cook, DuPage and Lake Counties in both Illinois and Indiana. Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully matches children, ages 7 through high school, known as "Littles" with positive volunteer mentors, called "Bigs." Throughout the course of their mentoring relationship, BBBS staff monitor and support the match, provide safety and quality measures, as well as activity ideas and goals. BBBS programs are proven to keep kids in school with a path for their future.