Big Brothers Big Sisters Celebrates Mentoring Month

South Niagara, Ontario [January 3, 2019] This January, Big Brothers Big Sisters invites you to celebrate Mentoring Month. 

Did you know that youth with mentors are more likely to pursue healthy lifestyles as adults? With exercise and healthier choices being the most common New Year’s Resolutions for adults, January is an ideal time to learn about the benefits of mentoring and to give back as a volunteer. 

According to Boston Consulting Group research, mentoring has a clear, positive effect on a young person’s life trajectory. 

·      92% of Big Brothers Big Sisters alumni feel more confident 

·      80% go on to pursue healthy lifestyles 

·      81% report stronger financial literacy 

Mentoring is a critical factor enabling young people to achieve more – no matter what adversities they face. In fact, Harvard research shows that every single child who does well despite hardship has a stable relationship with a supportive adult. 

With one in five Canadian children living in poverty, and approximately 1.2 million youth affected by mental health concerns, the need for a mentor is greater than ever. While mentors across the gender spectrum are needed, the demand for male volunteers is especially high. Volunteering for only one hour a week can change the course of a young life. 

During Mentoring Month, Big Brothers Big Sisters encourages all Canadians to join the conversation about the impact of mentoring and to consider volunteering in their local community. 

In our community,people can participate by becoming a mentor, volunteering their time at our events, or by making a donation. Your efforts can change the life of a child today - and create a beautiful future for us all.

Mentoring Month dates include: 

·      January 17th – International Mentoring Day (#MentorDay). Share a mentoring moment or share how mentoring contributes to a better world while joining an international conversation on social media. 

·      January 31st – #ThankYourMentor Day. Show your appreciation for the people who helped you on your path. 

Learn more about the role mentoring plays in South Niagara and to find volunteer opportunities, visit www.bbbsinniagara.ca

Celebrate Mentoring Month this January. Imagine who a young person will become, because of you! 

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada 

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been changing the lives of Canada’s youth by developing and implementing group, in-school and one-on-one mentoring programs. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides quality mentoring services for more than 40,000 youth, engaging over 21,000 mentors in 108 agencies that serve youth in over 1,100 communities across the country.  

Research demonstrates that Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs yield positive results in mental health, employment and civic engagement, with every dollar of investment in Big Brothers Big Sisters programming returning between $18 and $23 to society through higher taxes, increased spending from higher incomes, volunteerism, and charitable donations. For more information, visit www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca.