In Polk County, Matias Akers and Belen Akers, twin siblings, are graduating! Matias, who has been matched with Big Brother Allen Burdette since 2009, will be attending Appalachian State University. So will Belen, who has been matched with Big Sister Cathy…Continue Reading
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Mentoring works. We see it every day. We hear it in the stories our Bigs and Littles tell us and in the research studies that we read. And you can learn about it firsthand. When you mentor, you change the life of a child and make a lasting, positive impact on your community.
From building self confidence and improving academic achievement, to having experiences they otherwise might never have, children and teens guided by caring adults are more likely to aspire higher, focus on what they’re capable of and avoid risky behaviors.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina builds “Friendships with a Purpose” that transform the lives of both the “Little” and his or her “Big.” Dorian was a Little in the program for 12 years. His Big Brother Nathan, there for him through thick and thin, was committed to Dorian’s success. Years later, when Nathan faced immense challenges and hardship in his own life, Dorian was his most committed friend. Listen to their story here:
BBBS WNC Littles Improvement During the 2016-2017 School Year
Improved in Self-Confidence
IMPROVED IN Academic Performance
IMPROVED IN Behavior at School
When compared to their non-mentored peers, Littles are:
Each semester, AmeriCorps’ Project MARS collects “Great Stories” from its members in which they reflect on their experiences mentoring in the classroom and the progress they see students making. This month’s story comes from Camille Hoffman, written during the school…Continue Reading
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina has received a NIMble grant from Nantahala Health Foundation to support BBBSWNC’s new outdoor hiking program. The NIMble grant (“Needs Immediately Met”) will help BBBSWNC teach Littles about the advantages of spending…Continue Reading