How do you make a difference?
One child at a time.
That’s the philosophy of Big Brothers Big Sisters of York and Adams Counties. And that’s the reason the group is holding a series of events in the city this month, a group spokeswoman said.
In honor of National Mentoring Month, the group will hold a “30 in 30″ January campaign to recruit new mentors for area children, Robin Kohler said. The hope is to find 30 people each willing to support a local young person.
“These people build positive relationships that they (kids) might not necessarily have in their normal households,” Kohler said. “It allows kids to experience things they wouldn’t normally be able to experience.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters will hold three events around York this month to support the volunteer drive, including:
- Thank Your Mentor Day, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17 at Central Market, 34 W. Philadelphia St.
- Be My Hero Event, 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18 at Liquid Hero, 50 E. North St.
- HeRose (Heroes) Event, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at White Rose Bar & Grill, 48 N. Beaver St.
The public is invited to all the events, to get to know organizers and to obtain information on how to help.
Kohler said the group, founded in 1974 and independent as of 1990, currently serves about 50 children in York and Adams counties. Volunteers work with area kids to be positive role models.
The hope is to continue that work, said Kohler, who added there are at least 40 kids waiting for a mentor.
The January drive hopefully will help many of them, Kohler said, and from there the organization can continue to grow.
“Research has shown they (mentored kids) do better in school, have higher aspirations … and avoid risky behaviors,” she said. “We have an overabundance of children, and we just need the people to help.”