Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast Celebrate National Mentoring Month

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Photo Credit: Big Brother of the Year John Barringer enjoys spending time with his little brother Lamar

Long-standing studies show that long-term, one-on-one, staff-supported volunteer mentoring works. As we celebrate National Mentoring Month in January, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast honors all who make up their thriving community – parents, volunteers, staff and donors who work together to make a strong mentoring match, sustainable and successful. Behind every successful Mentoring Match is a team of dedicated and selfless believers. Of course, there’s the volunteer who takes time out of their schedule to commit to helping a child reach their full potential. There is the parent or guardian, most often a single mother or grandmother who courageously seeks support to give her child every chance of success. Then there is the staff member, a professional who uses facts from interviews, references, experience and intuition to match the right child and family with the right volunteer. And behind every relationship are the donors, whose financial resources provide our mentors, mentees and parents with the ongoing support, guidance and resources that help them establish and maintain the kind of dialogue, communication and understanding who is behind Big Brothers Big Sisters successful long-term one-on-one mentoring relationships. Big Brother of the Year John Barringer says, “When I first volunteered as a Big Brother, I didn’t know what to expect and had no experience in this area. Over 5 years ago I met Lamar and one thing that struck me was the fact that I volunteered to help a child in need, I did not expect the positive impact what it has had on my life. I feel so grateful every time Lamar’s mom says I’m a blessing to them, well it works both ways. I feel truly blessed and grateful to have them in my life, they have become family to me and I have enjoyed watching Lamar mature over the past 5 years. I fully intend for this to be a connection for life.”

Photo Credit: Big Brother of the Year John Barringer enjoys spending time with his little brother Lamar

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