FREEPORT – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Illinois, a program of FHN Family Counseling Center, is proud to highlight the generosity of a local business.
Event: The stylists at Elite Design Team Salon & Day Spa will treat some young participants in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Illinois program to a hair and manicure day
When: 1 p.m. – about 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20
Where: Elite Design Team Salon & Day Spa, 401 Meadows Drive, Freeport
Who: Between 10 and 15 Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor/mentee pairs will be part of this special day at the salon. The stylists are donating their time to treat the girls to a paraffin dip for their hands, a manicure and hairstyle.
Though the public isn’t invited to this event, FHN would like to take this opportunity to highlight the BBBS program and encourage other volunteers to become mentors.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), founded in 1904, is the oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the United States. Research and anecdotal evidence show specifically that BBBS one-to-one mentoring helps children dealing with adversity overcome the many challenges they face. Little Brothers and Sisters are less likely to begin using illegal drugs, consume alcohol, skip school and classes or engage in acts of violence. They have greater self-esteem, confidence in their schoolwork performance and are able to get along better with their friends and family.
Community-Based Mentoring allows volunteers and youth 6-8 hours a month of individualized time and attention outside of school, in the community. During their time together, they can explore new interests and test behaviors that expand the Little’s experience base beyond his or her family and neighborhood.
Site-Based Mentoring provides individualized time and attention on a consistent basis at the child’s school. Volunteers and mentees meet regularly, one-to-one, during the school year for one hour a week.
We currently have many children waiting for a volunteer. Every person has 168 hours in a week. It only takes one of those hours to make a difference in the life of one of those children.
Getting started is easy – call us at 815-599-7300 for more information, or complete the downloadable/printable Volunteer Inquiry-Pre Enrollment Form or Child Inquiry-Pre Enrollment Form and return it to us in one of the following ways: