FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Baton Rouge, LA – In honor of National Mentoring Month, Big Buddy is inviting everyone to remember the Mentors in their lives and take the time to Mentor someone else. Big Buddy Mentoring Director Lynelle Thomas says, “Everyone has had a Mentor (or more than one) in his or her life. For National Mentoring Month, take a moment to thank those who have mentored you and then pass it on by being a mentor to a child, a colleague, a young parent, someone in your life.”
Mentors help youth to overcome the challenges that hinder success in life. Youth that have limited access to pro-social opportunities are more likely to engage in destructive behaviors. Social conditions directly impacted by Mentors include:
- Broken Homes
- Academic Failure
For over 30 years the Big Buddy Program has provided children and youth with positive adult role models through the Big Buddy/Little Buddy mentoring programs; character education and leadership sessions; quality out of school time activities such as after school programs, holiday camps and summer enrichment programs; teen programs that develop literacy skills through self-expression and creative writing; and numerous other direct services that involve the generosity of time and energy of a dedicated staff and over 700 volunteers per year.
Gay Mack, Big Buddy Executive Director urges…”It’s resolution time – this year, resolve to make a difference in a child’s life – be a Mentor! You’ll get back so much more than you give. At Big Buddy we believe One Child, One Mentor…..One Change at a time.”
For more information on becoming a mentor the public is urged to call Big Buddy at 225-388-9737.
The Big Buddy Program is a local non-profit (501(c)(3))youth services agency that provides positive role models and quality learning experiences to over 1,500 disadvantaged youth weekly. For 30 years the Big Buddy Program has provided children and youth with positive adult role models through the Big Buddy/Little Buddy mentoring programs; character education and leadership sessions; after school programs, holiday camps and summer enrichment programs; teen programs, and literacy skills.
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For more information call Laurie Hardison at 225-381-9704; 225-931-7090; 225-388-9737
NMM January 2011 Presidential Proclamation