Big Brothers Big Sisters in need of mentors


Are you looking for a way to give back to your community?

Becoming a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters could be the right fit for you.

Meet Phyllis Scott and her little Kellese Whitt.

They were matched more than 5 years ago by Big Brothers Big Sisters and have since spent many days watching movies, eating pancakes, and playing games together.

“I have the heart to volunteer in the first place so I’ll just add one more thing to my volunteer agenda so I decided to give Big Brothers Big Sisters a call to see if I could be a good fit, if I could be a part of their family,” says Phyllis Scott.

It was that decision, she says changed her life forever.

“It may sound like it’s not real but it’s real. I’m just really happy that I could be a part of her life. But I think she’s empowered me even more. My daughter is away in college and she’ll ask me have you see Kellese, have you talked to Kellese, how’s she doing,” says Scott.

Scott says Kellese teaches her about youth and how they interact with each other in today’s world.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a mentoring organization.

The goal is to help children navigate life’s challenges and keep them out of trouble.

Just the fact that we’re putting consistency and continuity in their life really makes a difference,” says Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters Capital Region, Rich Howard.

Howard says when you’re a mentor, it’s more than just visiting a child a few times a month, it’s about changing that child’s life for the better.

“They get to be in the life of a child that needs just someone to talk to. Someone that they can count on and they can be with. The adult mentor gets the experience of really making a difference in that child’s life,” says Howard.

“To learn about what she’s doing at school and to help her get through things if she has something going on, she has just been so special. She’s really helped me a lot,” says Scott.

According to officials with the organization, children enrolled in the program have improved in their studies, attitudes, and social acceptance.

For more information on how you can get involved, head to the Big Brothers Big Sisters website.

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