Mentors Needed for Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization

A campaign has been launched to close the gap between the nearly 300 children, ages 6 to 18, waiting for mentors in Los Angeles County.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles announced today its inaugural "100 New Mentors in 100 Days Campaign" in an effort to close the gap between children in need of mentors and available volunteers.

To mark January as National Mentor Month, organization officials actively are recruiting positive adult role models to serve as Big Brothers and Big Sisters to children between 6 and 18 years old.

"Our need is great, we currently have nearly 300 children throughout Los Angeles County on our waiting list for big brother and big sister mentors," Big Brothers Big Sisters recruiter Spencer Brooks said.

"Most of the children on our match waiting list are boys or children from Spanish and monolingual speaking families who sometimes remain on our waiting list for more than a year."

The "100 New Mentors in 100 Days Campaign" runs through April 30 and will feature a variety of community outreach activities, special events and informational presentations for companies.

Additional information on becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, group presentation opportunities or to request a mentor application is available by calling (213) 213-2421 or emailing spencer.brooks@bbbsla.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles was founded in 1955 by Walt Disney and composer Meredith Willson.

- City News Service

Barbara Herron January 19, 2013 at 02:18 AM
I live in the Long Beach area and would like to mentor a young girl near me in the 90802 area. I have 20 year old Grand Children and love being called GrandMa. ~~ Barbara Herron (562) 435-2246
Barbara Masters January 19, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Dear Barbara...I'm just someone who has read the article. I think you need to call Big Brothers at 213) 213-2421 and inquire. I would respectfully suggest that you remove your phone number from your comment for your privacy protection. Good luck with looking into being a Big Sister, it's a wonderful organization.


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