Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Mentoring from the Big's Perspective


Mentoring comes in many different forms - you can make a difference in a young person’s life in countless ways. That is what makes becoming a Big so special. Not only is it rewarding, but it can also be simple and a lot of fun. If you have been thinking about becoming a Big, listen to some testimonials from other Big’s in Central Minnesota:

“I love playing on the playground with Brooklynn,” says Carla Griffin. “It’s so fun to use our imaginations every time we are together to laugh! Our craft adventures are quite fun, you never know what creation Brooklynn will come up with!”

There are tons of activities you can do with your little. Your imagination (and your Little’s) is the limit to the activities you can do together.

Christopher Wieland took his Little, Eric Biking the Soo Line Trail, which he says was the most fun he has had with Eric, besides working together on the same dodgeball team.

boy-909552_1280.jpgMovies, fishing and sporting events are a solid choice for Gary Stang and his Little, Carter. “We both look forward to spending time together each week,” says Gary.

Matthew Stockinger and his Little, Jason have an incredible nine years of activities between them. Some of their more memorable activities include camping and hiking near the North shore of Lake Superior, visiting the Bounce Depot when Jason was younger, and going down water slides over and over and over again.

Some people are hesitant to become a Big because they believe it will be a difficult time commitment. Carla Griffin used to be one of those people. “Time commitment is what initially held me back from volunteering,” said Carla. “I joined the school program and it works out great for my schedule and my Little’s. We get together over my lunch break while she’s at school on hers!”

Just an hour a week spent with a growing mind can make a big difference in both your life and your Little’s. “Knowing that you are making a young person's life better is really rewarding,” says Christopher.

“You have nothing to lose and everything to gain, says Gary. “I have made a difference in Carter’s life and he has made a difference in my life.”

Matthew Stockinger says it best: “I can’t think of an easier or more fun way of making a big difference. Just do it.”

If you would like more information on becoming a Big, visit Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Minnesota online at Start something today.

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