Big Brothers Big Sisters has been changing lives and shaping communities through mentorship since 1904. Right now, there are almost 400,000 mentors and families engaged throughout the country. However, there are still children right here on Long Island waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister. In just a few hours a month, you can make a positive impact in the life of a child in your local community by becoming a mentor. If you’re still on the fence about applying to become a Big, check out these benefits of becoming a mentor.
The Benefits of Mentoring Youths
1. Changing Lives
One of the most important benefits of becoming a mentor (“Big”) is that it allows you to positively change the life of a child (“Little”). When Bigs defend, ignite and empower their Little’s potential, they are helping to ensure that child receives their brightest future possible.
Over time, Bigs can see the positive difference they are making in their Little’s life. You would be surprised by the life-changing impact one person can make on a child’s life. Sometimes, a consistent positive role model is all a child needs to ignite their power and potential.
2. Gaining a Friend
As they spend more time together doing events and activities, Bigs and Littles are bound to become friends—sometimes even for life. There are several instances where Bigs and Littles have been in each other’s wedding parties!
3. Learning More about Yourself
Another key benefit of mentoring is that you’re bound to learn a lot about yourself in the process. It has been proven that mentorship improves empathy, gratitude and perspective in mentors. Not to mention, it can even improve your overall self-image and give you a renewed sense of fulfillment!
4. Joining our Network
There are always new events and activities available for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island’s wide network of volunteers. This presents an awesome opportunity to meet and grow with like-minded individuals.
In addition to the many free activities held throughout the year for Bigs and Littles, you will also have the opportunity to attend a variety of fundraising events. From golf tournaments to fashion shows to poker tournaments, we do it all. And there’s always something new on the horizon!
The benefits of becoming a mentor are too many to count! You can experience these advantages and many more by becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister to a child in your community. Join us and apply today.
“It’s so rewarding to spend time with my Little Brother—his youthful exuberance and passion for life is contagious.” – Big Brother Chris