More than half of the young people in Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast’s mentoring program are young men, but only 39 percent of the nonprofit organization’s volunteers are male. This disparity has led the organization to start a recruitment drive called 100 Men in 100 Days, through which it hopes to increase the number of male mentors in its programs.
When the drive began, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast had 286 boys in need of a mentor. To help fill the gap, it began highlighting ways in which male mentors could serve. Community-based mentors meet with Littles two times every month for an activity both Big and Little find enjoyable. School-based mentors take one hour a week to meet with their Littles at school. In addition, sports buddies mentor their Littles twice a month, either by watching a sport or by playing one with them.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast also arranges other ways for people to get involved. Those who want to help but can’t volunteer themselves can connect the organization with others via community groups like churches and businesses or through social media. They can also sign up for newsletters and forward them or encourage others to call 1-855-501-BIGS, where people can learn more about volunteering.