Big Brothers Big Sisters recognizes January as National Mentor Month

Big Brothers Big Sisters recognizes January as National Mentor Month
January 14
00:00 2016
Above: Gabriel

Special to the Chronicle

January is National Mentor Month and for Big Brothers Big Sisters, the theme is: “It All Starts With A Little.”  National Mentor Month is an opportunity to bring more awareness to the importance of mentoring and how it can impact a child’s life.

On Friday, Jan. 15, Mayor Allen Joines will make a proclamation declaring it National Mentor Day and some mentors will share their stories.

“Mentoring is powerful, and can help change the direction of a child’s life,” said Shawan Gabriel, president/ CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters. “Mentoring is linked to improved academic, social and economic prospects for your people, and that ultimately strengthens our community.”

Research has shown that when matched through a quality mentoring program, mentors can play a powerful role in providing a young person with the tools to make responsible decisions, stay focused and engaged in school, and avoid risky behaviors.

Mentoring relationships are basic human connections that let a young person know that they matter, and mentors are there to help and encourage them in a unique and positive way. As we focus on engaging more of the community in volunteering as mentors, we will share a simple message: “All It Takes Is A Little.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters Services Inc. serves Forsyth and Davie County working with more than 500 children each year. To get involved and learn more about becoming a mentor, contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at 336-724-7993 or email 


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