Members of the Binghamton Noon Rotary learned how they could become a role model for local children.
Representatives from the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Twin Tiers spoke to Rotarians today.
The organization provides local youth with a mentor that serves as a positive role model and provides support and guidance.
Children in the program meet with their mentors for a few hours a week to engage in any relationship building activities such as playing sports, cooking, doing homework or going to the movies.
Executive Director Kate Hoeflein says it’s important for kids to have someone they can look up to. “A mentor is just somebody that elicits the potential that already exists in a young person. Having that role model telling them that the potential is there, they can achieve it and here are some ways that they can do that. It makes all the difference in the life of a child.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Twin Tiers currently has 25 active matches with an additional 70 children on the waiting list.
Hoeflein says the waiting list is made up largely of boys ages 6 to 14.
Those interested in becoming a mentor can visit BBBSTwinTiers.org for more information.