Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is proud to announce that September is Big Brothers Big Sisters Month. This month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) is spreading awareness for the critical need of mentors from Pensacola to Panama City through its End the Wait Campaign.
Over 100 children in BBBSNWFL’s service area are waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister, with 80% of those children being boys. Now, more than ever, Northwest Florida youth are faced with new challenges such as changing family structures, homelessness, bullying, mental health stressors, and low self-esteem that create greater need for positive role models in their lives. A Big Brother or Big Sister does just that for the children who need it the most.
“If ever there’s been a critical time for mentors, it’s now,” says BBBSNWFL President & CEO Paula Shell. “This past year has been challenging for many but for our Littles most of all. Children are experiencing feelings of loneliness, abandonment, stress, and more. Having someone else to reassure and support them is all they need.”
For 32 years, BBBSNWFL has been there to help children achieve their full potential through innovative and transformative programs. BBBSNWFL matches caring, adult mentors with children ages 5 through 18 and beyond who come primarily from single-parent homes.
The biggest misconception with becoming a mentor at Big Brothers Big Sisters is the time commitment. All it takes is weekly contact with the Little at a minimum of two times in person per month. A Little can be easily incorporated into the Bigs’ everyday life.
Anyone interested in becoming a Big can visit the BBBSNWFL website at www.bbbsnwfl.org/get-involved
or by calling 850-433-5437 for Escambia/Santa Rosa/Okaloosa/Walton Counties or 850-763-5437 for Bay County.