People” Take Over Middle Tennessee
Big Brothers Big Sisters Celebrates National Mentoring Month
Big Brothers Big
Sisters of Middle Tennessee is celebrating National Mentoring Month throughout
January, and everyone is encouraged to join in this movement.
January, supporters are encouraged to wear purple, and post selfies explaining
that their wardrobe choice is to help spotlight mentoring and pay tribute to
previous mentors. Adding the hashtag
#PurplePeople helps followers understand the far-reaching effects a mentor can
have on another person.
January 17, “International Mentoring Day,” Mayor Megan Berry has arranged to
have the Nashville Courthouse, Korean War Veterans Bridge, and other municipal
landmarks lit in purple.
January 25, “Thank Your Mentor Day,” supporters are encouraged to
reach out to the individuals who positively impacted them as a young person,
and acknowledge the efforts that helped guide personal decisions and
aspirations through life.
During this month of multiple efforts and
resolutions for the coming year, anyone interested in learning more about
becoming a mentor is encouraged to apply as well. The initial volunteer commitment is
approximately an hour and half each week for one year with the same child that
prospective mentors have been specifically matched with as friends.
While this initial time commitment may seem daunting, consistently volunteers
in the program report that their time spent with their Little Brother or Little
Sister is the highlight of their week.
In 2017, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle
Tennessee served 1,283 children with a mentor. There are many children waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister who need
you to take the first step in helping build a bright future for them.
There are opportunities to mentor a young
person during the school day at the same time each week, or with a flexible
schedule in the community based option.
For more information, visit www.mentorakid.org or
call (615) 329-9191.