Big Brothers Big Sisters works to provide Big Brother Big Sister mentors for children and young people from varied backgrounds and walks of life. Recently in Cincinnati, the local agency Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati, in partnership with the African-American Big Brothers organization, initiated an African-American mentor recruitment drive by sending current Bigs and Littles out to spend the day at area barbershops discussing the importance of mentoring.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati currently has a waiting list of 400 boys seeking mentors. With such a large number, there is obviously plenty of work still to be done, however over the course of this two-week initiative, several potential mentors expressed interest and committed to signing up to volunteer their time with the program.
Local participants in Big Brothers Big Sisters discussed the importance and impact of mentoring, recognizing how crucial it is for at-risk children and young people to have positive role models in their lives, especially during the important stages of their development.
Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies around the country are always looking for volunteers to help make a positive impact in the lives of children and young people facing adversity. If you are interested, please visit the Volunteer page on our website!
Links to local media coverage:
· From WCPO Cincinnati – Group tries to ‘groom men of future’ through recruiting at local barbershops
· From WLWT – Big Brothers, Big Sisters groom men of future