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We are faced with a crisis –and you can help. Too many of our young men throughout our territory are at risk of dropping out or being expelled from school, getting involved in drugs—loosing there way. Having a Big Brother who can guide and help them make positive choices will change their lives and make our community stronger. One to one mentoring reduces violence and truancy, and improves young males relationships with their peers and families.

Though the B.V.I.’s Big Brothers/Big Sisters is always looking for volunteers from all walks of life, right now there is a greater need for men.

Thinking about volunteering as a Big Brother, but wondering what you have to offer a child? A LOT!

Your time and attention is worth more to a Little than you realize. Being a Big is about spending quality one-on-one time with a child, enjoying all sorts of activities together. Sometimes it’s as easy as taking your Little along with you to something you were going to do anyway – like lunch.

You’ve got to eat, right?

Some other fun activities include:
• playing video games
• watching a movie
• talking about your favorite sports team
• playing a game of one-on-one basketball
• catching a baseball or volleyball game
• …or just hanging out and talking can make a huge difference for a child, and it’s fun too!

The activities don’t have to cost a lot. It’s not about spending money; it’s about spending time. Just a few hours a couple times a month. You’ll get to be a kid again and he’ll get to be your friend. It’s a win-win for both of you.

Big Brothers are regular people just like you. Role models come in all shapes and sizes. They are bus drivers, firemen, teachers, lawyers, shop owners, executives, fathers. Some have college degrees while some don’t even have a high school diploma. You can do this. You just have to want to make a positive impact on the life of a child.

Littles come to the Big Brother/Big Sister program for all kinds of reasons. Maybe they come from single parent homes or have two working parents, maybe they are falling into bad patterns at school, maybe they are the only boy in a house with three sisters. What they all share in common is the need for friendship with a caring adult. Each child needs a positive role model to impact his life, and that role model can be you.

Please, Volunteer now.

For more information about the B.V.I.’s Big Brother/Big Sister program, apply online at www.bvibbbs.org or visit us at the Social Development Department (across from the Happy Lion Restaurant).

Stacie T. Stoutt Coordinator
B.V.I.’s Big Brother/Big Sister Youth Mentorship Program

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