NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH
Throughout January, we’re celebrating our Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors and the important role they play in changing the lives of children right here in Orange County.
3 WAYS TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH
Thursday, Jan. 26 /// 6-8 p.m.
Come for drinks, apps and a good time! Proceeds from the evening will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters!
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, click here to sign up!
How does Big Brothers Big Sisters' mentoring program work?
We believe every child deserves the chance to achieve his or her full potential. Studies show that when provided a strong relationship with an adult, children facing adversity can respond to challenges and thrive.
Our professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring program connects caring adult volunteers with children across Orange County who need and want a mentor.
As a mentor, your only goal is to be a trusted friend to your Little Brother or Little Sister. Whether you spend your time studying together or playing catch at the park is completely up to you—just a couple hours twice a month can make a BIG difference in a child’s life.
Why is mentoring so important?
98 percent of children in our program graduate from high school on-time.
90 percent of children enroll in college.
75 percent of children are more likely to obtain a bachelors degree.
In addition, children in our program (“Littles”) have an overall better attitude toward school, improved academic performance and higher self-esteem.
Who can become a mentor?
Role models come in all shapes and sizes! You don’t need any special degrees or job skills to be a mentor—you just have to want to positively impact a young person’s life. Anyone over the age of 18 can apply for the community-based program and go through our screening process that ensures a safe and happy match for every child on our wait list.
If you’re under 18 but still want to volunteer, we encourage you to explore High School Bigs, one of our site-based programs that matches high school students with children for supervised visits at local elementary schools.
What's the time commitment to be a mentor?
Just three hours twice a month! We ask that mentors be willing to commit for one year to make a lasting impression in their Little’s life.
I don't have time to be a mentor, but still want to get involved. How can I help?
There are a number of ways you can support Big Brothers Big Sisters and the mission of mentoring children facing adversity!
Use our hashtags on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: Encourage conversation about mentoring throughout the month! #OCBigsMentor | #NationalMentoringMonth
Share our social media content and tag your friends: Do you have great people in your life who you think would be interested in signing up to be a mentor? Tag them in your posts or on our page so they can learn more about the impact of mentoring.
Change your profile picture for the month of January: Borrow our profile picture—we won’t mind! Spread the message of mentoring and don’t forget to tag friends who should connect with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Donate to help us find more mentors: Make a monetary contribution that will help recruit more mentors to match with children on our wait list. Donations can be made here.
How do I sign up to be a mentor?
Click here to enter your zip code and fill out a quick online inquiry form for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County. One of our team members will be in touch within the next few days to discuss next steps.