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In support of National Mentoring Month (NMM) Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Newaygo County is hosting a “BIG Winter Adventure” which will take place at Camp Newaygo on January 26 from 1:30 – 4:30 PM. Click here for the flyer with all the details.

This FREE event will feature snowshoeing, sledding, indoor games and crafts, a fun photo booth with costumes, and snacks like s’mores, hot chocolate, popcorn, apples and cotton candy. “The BIG Winter Adventure is a great chance for those who are thinking about becoming a Big Brother or Sister to ‘test drive’ the program and even meet some of the kids waiting to be matched. Be an everyday hero and help a little kid by becoming a Big Brother or Sister!” said BBBS of Newaygo County Program Director, Lisa Daniell. This event will be followed later in the year by a “BIG Summer Adventure” on June 22 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM.

Established in 2002 by the Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, NMM aims to bring national attention to the ever growing need for volunteers to serve as mentors for youth. The initiative provides a wealth of resources and strategies for individuals, companies, and organizations enabling communities to cohesively work together to recruit mentors. Youth paired with caring adult mentors have shown positive trends in social and scholastic outcomes including academic improvements, progressive views regarding higher education ambitions, the avoidance of risky behaviors including drug/alcohol usage and skipping school, and improved socio-emotional responses to both peers and family. Increasing the number of available mentors continues to support optimistic outcomes for our nation’s youth.

As the nation’s oldest donor and volunteer-supported mentor recruitment network, BBBS agencies provide an evidence-based solution to recruiting and retaining program mentors, serving thousands of children through the U.S. annually. Throughout January, in support of NMM, the Michigan BBBS Alliance comprised of 16 BBBS agencies in the state, has planned a host of recruitment events and campaigns. The goal of each campaign and/or event is to continue to create community awareness of the need for mentors in the respective areas, as well recognize the ongoing commitment of current agency volunteers. Each agency encourages community participation as they look to celebrate the dedication of local mentors and recruit additional volunteers in support of the children waiting for a caring adult mentor.

Some of the other semi-local campaigns / events include: BBBS, “A Community of Caring - Volunteer Recognition and Thank You,” a Social Media Outreach; BBBS Lakeshore’s “Big of the Year Recognition”; and BBBS Mid-Michigan’s “Volunteer Recognition”; For more information regarding local BBBS National Mentoring Month activities, contact Lisa Daniell at (231) 652-1184 or ldaniell@truenorthservices.org.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Newaygo County is a TrueNorth Community Service.

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