Be A Mentor: Big Brother Big Sister
We would all like to believe that every child has a strong parent or guardian who can show them positive ways to live life. Sadly, this is not the case. A study completed by the Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing found that 1 out of every 20 children aged fifteen and younger will suffer the loss of one or both parents. These children come from various harsh backgrounds such as parents who abuse drugs, parents who are murdered, or outright parent abandonment. Often times these children end up in overcrowded foster homes where they lack enough connection with a mentor. A Big Sister leader in the video above addresses this growing issue.
"Life is a lot more complicated than it was before, it takes more than two people... to raise a well rounded child. And that's where mentoring can play an important role" Big Sister Leader
Children like these need mentors to teach them, love them, and spend time with them. This is where you can step in. A study found in the American Psychological Association completed by Kennelly & Monrad found that kids who spent time with a mentor skipped school significantly less. The key element is to be a friend. One child in the video mentioned how his "big" was a role model for him.
"The things that [my mentor] has been through are the things that [I'm] going through." Little Brother
Making a difference
Spending time with a child means getting involved in their active pursuits. As you work with them, allow them to express their interests to you. This way you can do your mentoring on the run by planning activities they love to do. Learning and growing with your “little” will be a positive experience for both of you!
Here are some fun activity ideas for you and your “little”:
- Going to the water park
- Shopping at the mall
- Playtime in the park
- Hunting for a good book at the library
- Learning adventure at the local science center
- Exploring a museum
- Hiking in the local foothills
Become a big brother or sister!