January is National Mentoring Month.
And it's the perfect time to consider joining Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson City.
The local chapter of the organization honors existing and longtime mentors during January but uses the opportunity to let folks know there is need for more in the Capital City.
Since 1988, BBBS Jefferson City has developed positive relationships between adults and children that directly and positively affect both.
"Thanks to these positive relationships, youth have higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships with others," a BBBS news release said. "They also experience more educational success, and they are more likely to avoid risky behaviors."
As BBBS celebrates its "bigs," the organization continues to seek more mentors wanting to make a difference in the lives of local youth.
In Jefferson City, youth are currently waiting to be matched. The only way to ensure they have someone to inspire them to reach their full potential is for more adults to step up and volunteer. Being a "big" means committing to spending a few hours a month with a young person participating in activities you both enjoy, like playing a sport, reading at the library or learning how to cook.
For more information, call BBBS at (573) 634-3290 or visit bbbsjefferson city.org.
BBBS seeking more mentors