(KUTV) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah is hoping to match as many big brothers and sisters with little brothers and sisters possible during January National Mentoring Month and raise awareness of the importance of mentoring and the difference it makes in children's lives. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams has designated January as Salt Lake County Mentoring Month. Mentoring relationships have proven to strengthen a child's ability to thrive educationally and to make positive choices (BBBSU National Survey, MENTOR 2014 Report). BBBSU has passionately pursued its mission to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. BBBSU has set a goal to make 500 new matches in 2016 thus helping the more than 400 children on their waiting list, some of whom have been waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister for more than two years. These 500 matches will cost the nonprofit more than $600,000.
BBBSU needs volunteers! To sign up to be a volunteer or to donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, please bbbsu.org.
Based on yearly national surveys of all children who have taken part in national BBBS mentoring programs, in 2014 "Littles" showed significant improvements in attitudes toward risky behaviors, scholastic competence, and social acceptance.
- 94% of children improved or maintained their attitudes toward risky behaviors
- 95% of children felt socially accepted
- 91% of children improved or maintained their scholastic competence