For the City Times
Submitted by Allie Dorshorst
STEVENS POINT — January is National Mentoring Month as recognized by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and their local affiliates.
Right now in Portage County, there are 65 children who are waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister. 38 of these waiting children are boys. The role of a Big Brother or Big Sister is to be a consistent, responsible, and caring mentor and friend. Matches meet 2-4 times per month and do a variety of activities together including: working on homework, going for a walk, going out for ice cream, or just talking about their day.
Children in a mentoring relationship are 52 percent less likely to skip school, 46 percent less likely to begin using illegal drugs, and 33% less likely to hit someone.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation’s premiere mentoring program. Our vision at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Wisconsin is that all children achieve success in life. During National Mentoring Month, we would like to encourage members of our community to consider mentoring one of the 65 children on our waiting list. By coming together as a community, we can ensure that all children who need a mentor, have one.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Wisconsin is located inside the Stevens Point Area YMCA at 1000A Division St. Stevens Point, 54481. Any questions can be directed to Allie Dorshorst, Program Director at 715-341-0661. The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Wisconsin website is www.bigimpact.org.