Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City (BBBSKC) is joining a nationwide recruitment campaign in response to soaring wait times for children that are looking for a mentor.
In Kansas City, 406 local kids — called ‘Little Brothers’ or ‘Little Sisters’ — are waiting to be paired with a mentor — called ‘Big Brothers’ or ‘Big Sisters.’ To enroll more Littles in the program, BBBSKC depends on caring adults to sign-up to become Bigs.
Right now, the average wait time for a Little to find a Big is 318 days.
“Kansas City is an amazing city of generous and compassionate people,” said Micheal Lawrence, CEO of BBBSKC. “We know that many Kansas Citians would make great Bigs, we just need them to take the first step. We want to encourage our community to learn more about becoming a Big.”
Bigs are matched with Littles that have extreme potential but just need an extra person to help ignite, empower and defend that potential. Bigs and Littles get together 2-3 times per month to spend one-on-one time with each other doing fun activities and building a meaningful, life-changing friendship.
When matched with a Big, Kansas City Littles report incredible results:
95% say their Big has taught them something new.
84% say they have higher self-esteem.
97% say their Big has a positive impact on their life.
100% of Littles in their senior year of high school graduated on time in 2019.
"There are more than 33,000 youth across the country in need of a mentor. These young people need an ally, someone they can count on," said Pam Iorio, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. "Every new Big who volunteers their time will help a young person realize their full potential."
For more information, visit bbbskc.org/beabig.