Raising Awareness for Youth Mentorship with Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan
For 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has connected thousands of young people with mentors. The organization pairs volunteers with children to create meaningful and lasting partnerships between “Bigs” and “Littles.” At the center of these relationships is the belief that every child has an inherent ability to succeed and thrive. The Credit Union is proud to uphold this belief through the sponsorship of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region’s BIG Breakfast. The fundraiser will take place at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on April 10, 2018.
Big Brothers Big Sisters’ roots trace back to a New York City courtroom. It was there that a young court clerk, named Ernest Coulter, noticed an increasing number of school-aged boys filtering through his courtroom. Coulter believed that caring adults could help make a difference in the lives of these young men and many others. It became his mission to find volunteers who were committed to providing love and support to at-risk youth. During his quest, two organizations emerged in the early 1900s; each dedicated to matching boys and girls with mentors. In 1977, the organizations merged to form what is known today as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Over the years, the organization has touched countless lives by helping meet children’s developmental needs. Bigs help dispel negative beliefs and attitudes by consistently showing care and support through everyday activities, such as playing sports or dining out. Having someone to confide in and look up to empowers Littles to make positive behavioral changes. Nationally, researchers found that after 18 months, Littles were 46% less likely to use illegal drugs and 52% less likely to skip school. Locally, the Big Brothers Michigan Capital Region Youth Outcome Survey Report noted that 96% of Littles maintained or improved in attitudes toward risky behaviors.
The BIG Breakfast is a free, one-hour fundraising event designed to raise awareness about the impact of one-on-one mentoring in the Greater Lansing community and beyond. During the event, attendees will hear directly from local Bigs, Littles, and their families about their experiences and the impact of Big Brothers Big Sisters. The Credit Union is proud to support these efforts to provide support and resources to young community members. To RSVP for the BIG Breakfast or to learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters, please click here.