Youth Waitlist for Mentors Growing in Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization

August 7, 2018 - 1:07pm

The Big Brothers Big Sisters organization is looking for more adult mentors to help with their ever-growing waitlist of youths. Specifically in the Grand Island area, there are currently 30 youths waiting on a mentor or a “big” as they are called, with more soon to be added.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters organization is focused on providing students with the opportunity to build a strong relationship with a mentor in a friendship capacity. Youths who take part in the program typically have a boost in self-esteem, participate more in school and have higher graduation rates.

Executive Director of the Grand Island branch, Brenna Poindexter, says the organization has taught her how important those relationships are in life.

“I believe relationships are the most powerful thing, and I think there’s a need to refocus on that in today’s world alone, just the importance of being connected. You know one relationship can change the course of someone’s life, and I think that’s pretty powerful,” Poindexter said.

Poindexter says Bigs will be assigned a student who matches their similarities after an interview process. Then the two will have the opportunity to build their relationship by spending time together and doing fun activities.

“I think the need [for mentors] is always present. There are youths who need a mentoring relationship which is a bit different than a parent, different than a teacher,” Poindexter said. “It’s really an adult friend who is present and able to provide guidance without being in that parenting role.”

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