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Saturday, January 28, 2012

San Antonio’s Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrates National Mentoring Month

Posted By on Sat, Jan 28, 2012 at 6:54 AM

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States, and we have our very own branch in San Antonio. Big Brothers Big Sisters South Texas (BBBSST) is one of the hardest working nonprofits I know. They face an ever increasing need to provide mentors for children and youth who are facing difficulty in school or in their family situations--including those with an incarcerated parent. “Our branch manages over 3,000 Big/Little matches,” said President Denise Barkhurst. “We just can’t say “no” to children who would benefit from having a mentor in their lives.”

And, they couldn’t provide those life-changing matches without their volunteer mentors. This week, in honor of National Mentor

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ing Month, BBBSST announced their Big Brother and Big Sister of 2012.

Courtney Easter has been with her Little Sister, Tycha, for seven years. "We've enjoyed hanging out together since Tycha was 11 years old," said Courtney. "This fall, we looked at colleges and worked on the applications together. It's been the best experience of my life. I even learned to be a champion phone texter so we could communicate more often."

Grant Norman has been with Andrew, since his Little Brother was nine. "I'm sure I'v

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e gotten more out of it than I've put in," said Grant. "It's a commitment, once made, reaps benefits for a lifetime. And, I'm so proud Andrew will be attending Yale University in the fall."

Volunteer mentors often hold the key to a child's ability to rise out of difficult and adverse circumstances to become an outstanding student and confident adult. Visit Big Brother Big Sisters South Texas for more information if you are interested in volunteering.

San Antonio activist and nonprofit veteran Laura Carter believes in enabling the community to work from the heart, not just the wallet. During her time at the San Antonio Area Foundation, Laura implemented new technology, managing website design and content for all published materials. She introduced multimedia and social media into the communications plan, increasing the community's participation in the Foundation's programs. She is now Communications Director at Providence Catholic School.

Follow Laura @lauracarter or visit A Small Blog

 

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