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With over 250 youth currently being served in one-to-one mentoring relationships throughout Lorain County, there still remains a significant need, particularly when it comes to adult males stepping forward in a mentoring role for boys. Adult males often feel uncertain of their ability to mentor a youth, what to do during their time with a child, and how they could fit mentoring into their schedule. However, Big Brothers Big Sisters takes care of these concerns by making volunteering flexible. It only takes a few hours a couple times a month to make a Big difference.
Together, 100 Men of Lorain County will work with the organization to develop programs to encourage members and friends in their large professional, personal and social networks to also support Lorain County’s donor-supported network of one-to-one volunteer mentors for youth.
“There is a clear and very strong case for Big Brothers Big Sisters and the 100 Men of Lorain County working together,” said Sanford Washington President of 100 Men of Lorain County. “100 Men of Lorain County seeks to serve as a beacon of leadership to empower our males to become self-sufficient men by utilizing our diverse talents. Our members have a rich history of serving and improving our communities. This partnership will help to bolster our existing mentoring program, while at the same time meeting a need Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County has identified in our communities.”
“This landmark partnership greatly strengthens our engagement in African American communities and will be significant in helping us serve more children,” said Marcus Madison, Communications Officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters. “We share the 100 Men’s vision and commitment to incorporating quality long-term mentoring as a part of the solution to helping families. At the end of the day, we will have a specific strategy for joining forces with the organization to support the growing numbers of parents, who look to Big Brothers Big Sisters to help their sons succeed.”
Anyone interested in learning more or would like to get involved with this new initiative are invited to come to the official launch on Saturday July 20, 2013 at 9am at Greater Victory Church 559 Reid Avenue in Lorain. Big Brothers Big Sisters will be conducting a training and orientation for interested mentors.