Pledge to become a mentor or recruit a mentor for a Bay Area at risk child

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In celebration of the 11th Annual National Mentoring Month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area is recruiting 100 new mentors!

THE NEED
There are currently 720 at risk children on the BBBSBA waiting list, 80% of which are boys. However only 25% of BBBSBA's pool of prospective mentors are men. BBBSBA currently has fewer than 20 volunteers applying to become mentors in cities like Oakland and San Jose. BBBSBA serves children who are at risk -- 85% live in low income housing, 21% are in foster care and 19 percent have at least one parent in prison. Wait listed children by county, include:
• 239 in Alameda
• 180 in Contra Costa
• 136 in San Francisco
• 52 in San Mateo
• 113 in Santa Clara

THE IMPACT
Mentors, backed by quality mentoring programs, play a powerful role in preventing substance abuse and youth violence, as well as boosting academic achievement and workforce readiness. BBBSBA's mentoring services have a measurable impact on at-risk youth. Recent studies show youths matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister for 18 months or more have:
- 100% improved GPA's if they were failing students.
- 92% have improved self- confidence.
- 98% have higher aspirations and better relationships.
- 98% increased scholastic competencies, grades, and education expectations.
- 89% avoided smoking, drinking, drugs, skipping school.

It only takes a few hours a month to mentor a child in the BBBSBA one to one mentoring program. You have the full support of BBBSBA trained professionals, mentor trainings, orientations, and activities to ensure a positive relationship between you and your Little.

Please fill out this simple online application: http://www.bbbsba.org/volunteer/be-a-big/

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Questions? Email us info@bbbsba.org

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