Becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister mentor can be a rewarding experience that could be life-changing for a child.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Moose Jaw, under the umbrella of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Regina and Area agency, is looking for volunteer mentors as it has about 25 children on its waitlist.
The program matches up professionally-screened volunteers with children who are facing adversity in their life.
Amy Noreldin, director of development and communications with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Regina and Area, said these mentorships could have a lasting impact on a child.
“They are less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol. They are more likely to graduate high school, get better jobs, higher paying jobs,” she said.
“They go on to give back to their communities more, both with their time and money and the kids that have been matched with a mentor, the majority of them say they know how to make good life choices.”
For a Big Brother or Big Sister, there is a level of commitment that is expected when they join the program.
“We ask for a couple of hours each week for at least a year so we know that there's time that goes into consistency and commitment that goes into making that developmental relationship,” Noureldin said.
Information about how to volunteer as a mentor can be found on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Moose Jaw website or by calling or texting their mentor coordinator at 306-842-4050.