Area Town Leaders Recognize Our Bigs

Four Town Leaders Recognize January as National Mentoring Month

Mentors throughout southwestern Connecticut are being recognized as the community builders they are this January during National Mentoring Month. The Mayors of Bridgeport, Milford, Danbury and the First Selectman of Fairfield have issued proclamations vowing to support the life-changing work mentors do, specifically through Big Brothers Big Sisters of SWCT.

“Our mentors know the importance and value of befriending a child facing adversity,” said Ellen Tracy, Executive Director of BBBS SWCT. “So much research shows that igniting the potential of a child improves their lives and futures in measurable and tangible ways.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the premiere one-to-one youth mentoring organization in the state and the leading youth mentoring organization nationwide.  We match adult volunteers (Big Brothers or Big Sisters) with children (Little Brothers and Little Sisters) who need an extra friend and role model.  While these mentors build relationships with their “Littles,” we build a relationship with the mentors – guiding, coaching and supporting.

Research has shown that when matched through a quality mentoring program, mentors can play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible decisions, stay focused and engaged in school, and reduce or avoid risky behavior like skipping school, drug use and other negative activities.  Public/Private Ventures research confirms that children in our mentoring programs are:

  • 52% less likely than their peers to skip school                       
  • 33% less likely to hit someone
  • 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
  • 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs