A recent Florida campaign called Real Men Mentor brought to light a major issue affecting Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations around the nation. Apparently, men make up less than 40 percent of the mentor pool, yet more than 50 percent of the children served by the organization are young boys.
The particular chapter in Florida that started the campaign has nearly 300 young boys hoping to be paired with a male mentor. While transformation can still happen with Little Brothers who are connected to Big Sisters, many young men need a reliable, stable male mentor in their lives.
Nationally, about 70 percent of children awaiting matches are boys. Research shows that a positive male role model can make a major difference in a young boy’s life by recognizing his potential and encouraging him to follow a path toward success in both school and the real world.
Becoming a Big Brother requires only a few hours a couple of times each month, but that small amount of time can have an immeasurable impact on another person’s life. Individuals can learn more about the process of becoming a mentor online at BBBS.org or by contacting a local branch of the organization.