January is National Mentoring Month and this year Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carolina Youth Development Center (BBBS of CYDC) is celebrating 38 years of cultivating professionally-supported one-to-one mentoring relationships between caring adults and Lowcountry children from single parent families.
Last year BBBS of CYDC established more than 170 Big-Little mentoring relationships, but the need in our community is still great. There are hundreds of children in the Tri-County area who are waiting to be matched with a positive role model.
“Over the past fifteen years, mentoring has gained so much momentum, in large
part due to National Mentoring Month,” said BBBS of CYDC program director Christina Hoffecker.
“Mentoring is a critical part of developing strong relationships within our community – mentoring is proven to have a positive effect on academic, social and economic outcomes for our young people.”
Research shows that mentors can play a powerful role in providing youth
with the tools to make responsible choices.
In turn, these young people are:
• 52% less likely to skip school
• 46% less likely to begin using drugs
• 81% more likely to report participating regularly in sports or
• 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities.
National Mentoring Month allows for unique engagement from community members interested in becoming a mentor. BBBS of CYDC encourages the public to go beyond just digital engagement – and become involved in making a real life impact.
Mentoring relationships are at their best when connections are made between a caring adult and a young person who knows that someone is there to support them and help guide their decision making.
To learn more about the role mentoring plays in our community and how you can become involved locally with BBBS of CYDC, visit becomeabig.org.