Having a mentor can make a big difference in the lives of children and youth. But mentors for boys are hard to come by. Boys often stay on the Big Brothers Big Sisters waiting list for a year before they are matched with a “big brother.”
Christa sits down with BBBS staff and 2 big brothers along with their little brothers to talk about what the mentoring relationship is like for them and why they would encourage others to get involved.
David and Marquis
Big Brothers Big Sisters recognizes the unlimited potential in every kid. Big David and Little Marquis appeared on NBC12 On Your Side to demonstrate and explain how match specialists examine the passions and personalities of enrolled youth and volunteers to create meaningful friendships between a caring adult and a child with unignited potential.
Matches bond on outings. Both David and Marquis love fishing, so they go almost every other time they meet. David also creates an amusement for science and math and learning within his Little. They use a science experiment kit, do homework, and sometimes they’ll read.
Although David worked with kids for years, he joined the program because he saw the long-term impact one-to-one mentoring can have on on youth in our community. What he didn't expect was that Little Brother Marquis is actually teaching him– “He’s taught me about school, he’s taught me about different perspectives on how to look at different problems and find different solutions... I think we’ve both learned from each other and grown quite a bit. He’s also taught me just how to have a good time, how to be carefree and be a big kid again.”
To become a mentor, visit BigBroBigSis.com or call (804) 261-4940 today!
Ellie Martinez (left) – Director of Programs & Lindsey Choroszucha (right) – Match Quality Manager
What is really involved in being a Big? Is it super awkward getting started? How would someone know if it’s a good fit? Christa sits down with two Richmond BBBS staff to talk about this one-to-one mentoring match program in depth.
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