Saturday , 31 October 2020
(Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lloydminster/ Facebook)

Big Brother Big Sisters month recognizes youth mentorship

In recognition of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) month, the organization is focusing on acquiring more mentors for children throughout September.

Each year, the mentorship program reflects on the connections between kids and role models, and the impact the organization has on kids in the program.

Jacqueline Weed, Director of Service Delivery, said there are over 15,000 kids across Canada who do not currently have a mentor.

With 36 mentor-less children in Lloydminster, Weed believes BBBS month provides the organization with the opportunity to attract more mentors for children in the program.

“It’s a huge time for us to be able to get kids connected with people, get those friendships formed and get them to ignite their potential. It’s a huge opportunity to create some awareness that we are still up and running.”

While almost all of the BBBS events and fundraisers have been cancelled because of the current health concerns, Weed mentioned the organization is still holding bottle drives and selling Panago vouchers for discounted pizzas.

Despite the BBBS office being closed, some mentors have begun meeting with their kid and going to events around the city or continue to meet virtually.

Weed said the variety of ways people are connecting allows for more possibilities and options for people interested in mentoring.

“It gives us a couple of different options, and hopefully an opportunity to create more of those fantastic relationships.”

Weed claimed the Lloydminster BBBS branch is looking for more people who would like to become a mentor.

Anyone who would like to speak with the organization for more information or is interested in becoming a mentor can connect with the Lloydminster BBBS branch through their Facebook page, website or call (306) 825-5757.

About Elliott Knopp

Elliott is a graduate from NAIT's Television Broadcast program. He has broadcast experience in football, basketball and hockey. He has spent nearly his entire life living in Edmonton, but has recently moved to Lloydminster for his career. He has an undying passion for CFL/NFL football, hot wings and Flaming Hot Cheetos. He loves playing fantasy football but has never won a championship.

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