January is National Mentoring Month, and what a terrific New Year’s resolution it would be to mentor a child. Big Brothers Big Sisters offers a one-on-one relationship with a child and positive adult role model that helps provide a positive impact to change a child’s life for the better, forever.
Children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program consistently achieve measurable outcomes, including educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. These positive attributes lead to a number of residual benefits that benefit the entire Middle Tennessee community.
You can make a difference in a child’s life like Big Brother Larry Coppock. He has been matched with his Little Brother, Calvin, for five years. Their relationship has been full of “firsts” for Calvin. From the first swim lesson to the first overnight camping trip to the first tuxedo for his first prom. Calvin is even looking forward to his first job as a lifeguard where he took that first swim lesson.
Calvin lives with his grandmother and brother and has experienced many new adventures since meeting Larry. He has gained self-confidence and is now better prepared for success in the future. You can help a child just like Calvin realize dreams they never thought possible.
The volunteer force that makes up the Big Brothers Big Sisters movement represents some of the most dedicated citizens anywhere – individuals who spend one-to-one time week after week with that one child who knows there is someone out there who cares for them. Volunteer mentors sometimes visit the child at school, others make arrangements to take the children out in the community to play sports, participate in an event, or any number of things.
Meaningful. Uplifting, A blessing. These phrases are how Larry described his relationship with Calvin. Take action today on how you can make a relationship like that part of your life. The time commitment is one-hour a week for a minimum of one year. Most of our mentors say this time is the highlight of their week. For more information on how you can impact a child’s life visit www.mentorakid.org or call 615-329-9191.