DETROIT, MI, JANUARY 2016- 100 MENTORS IN 100 DAYS: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit (BBBSMD) launched its 9th Annual 100 Mentors in 100 Days campaign, on January 1, 2016, a day after President Obama proclaimed January 2016 National Mentoring Month. President Obama stated, “Every young person can benefit from having a mentor, and all people carry unique ideas and experiences they can employ as a mentor.”
This drive is committed to recruiting mentors; particularly male mentors, to help young people achieve their full potential within our community. This year’s campaign theme is REAL MEN MENTOR, recognizing those already serving as mentors in metro Detroit and encouraging others to join in.
In his Presidential Proclamation, President Obama stated that, “by sharing their own stories and offering guidance and advice, mentors can instill a sense of infinite possibility in the hearts and minds of their mentees, demonstrating that with hard work and passion, nothing is beyond their potential.” This is of particular importance to young males. The matched mentoring services BBBSMD provides to young males is a life changing experience for our Bigs (mentors) and Littles (mentees).
BBBSMD President & CEO, Jeannine Gant, stated that “the need for male mentors continues to grow and we are seeking male volunteers through aggressive media and community outreach in recruitment of volunteers and mentor rich companies within Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. At present we have 275 youth in need of a mentor and the number continues to grow. The proportion of boys to girls waiting on a volunteer Big is 183/92. Our main focus during the campaign is to encourage male participation in mentoring. I join with President Obama in calling upon public officials, business and community leaders, educators, and Americans across the country to observe this month by getting involved.”
BBBSMD’s 100 Mentors in 100 Days Campaign is intended to bring awareness to the great need for mentors, specifically males; encouraging young and old to learn more about why mentoring is so important to our youth and our communities. In as little as 2-hours a month mentors can make a 100% difference in a life of a child. BBBSMD asks people to sign up to become a mentor or nominate a man who would be a great mentor.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit
With over forty years of service locally in the metropolitan Detroit community, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit maintains a stellar reputation of recruiting exemplary citizens to share positive experiences with youth throughout Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. For more information of how to sign up, call 313-309-0500 or visit our website at www.bbbsdetroit.org. Big Brothers Big Sisters - Little Moments, Big Magic, Huge Impact!!