Farmington, NM –
Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrates Thank Your Mentor Day * January 17, 2013.
The 12thannual National Mentoring Month will be observed in January 2013.
As part of the largest mentoring organization in the country, Big Brothers Big Sister of San Juan County has a wonderful opportunity this month to attract attention to the value of mentoring, recruit mentors and generate contributions.
President Obama has continued to support National Mentoring Month. President Barack Obama stated “Every day, mentors help young Americans face the challenges of growing into adulthood.” “By setting a positive example and sharing their time, knowledge and experience, mentors play an essential role in preparing our Nation’s youth for a bright future. During National Mentoring month, we celebrate the contributions of all those who cultivate a supportive environment for the next generation and we recommit to expanding opportunities across our country.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Juan County hopes that current and potential mentors will be encouraged as they are reminded of the power of mentoring in the local media.
This year marks the beginning of 30 years of operation for Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Juan County, Inc. The agency serves over 290 youths a year within the communities of Aztec, Bloomfield, Blanco, Farmington, Kirtland, Ojo Amarillo, Nenahnezad, Shiprock, and Newcomb. With the help of donors, partners, family members and advocates, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully matches youth with caring, adult role models. Research proves that children enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs are more likely to improve in school and in their relationships with family and friends. Participants are also less likely to skip school and/or use illegal drugs and alcohol.
A recent Harris interactive survey of adults who participated in the BBBS program as children found that:
90 percent agreed their Big made them feel better about themselves
81 percent said their Big caused them to change what they thought was possible in life
77 percent set higher goals than they would have on their own
42 percent earned a degree from a four-year college compared to just 22% of their fathers and
25% of their mothers
Thank Your Mentor Daypromotes"Three Ways to Honor Your Mentor":
1. Contact your mentor directly to express your appreciation;
2. Pass on what you received by becoming a mentor to a young person in your community;
3. Make a financial contribution to a local mentoring program.
For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Juan County, please contact the agency at 505-326-1508, emailwww.littlesneedbigs.org, or stop by the office at 4800 College Boulevard Suite 104, Farmington, NM 87402.