Freeport, Illinois — There’s nothing quite like having an older brother or sister is there. When it comes to family members, big brothers and sisters are always the one’s you can talk to best.
They’re the ones who protect you, look out for you and they always want the best for you. No matter what, your big sister or big brother will be there.
Some of us don’t have big brothers or sisters though. Some, don’t have a mentor in their life to teach them the many things an older brother or sister can.
Some don’t have anyone to go to the park with, take a bike ride with, go to the movies with or take them to museums, plays, shopping or even, just to have a quiet night at home playing a game with.
All the encouragement, love, wisdom and genuine care one gets from an older brother or sister, from a mentor some never get to experience.
Fortunately for some area kids in Northwest Illinois, behind the scenes, a story that never makes the headline news are a lot of people who have resolved to become someone else’s big brother or big sister.
This past January was National Mentoring Month. National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of mentors to help ensure positive outcomes for our young people. It was launched in 2002 by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
On December 28, 2016 the President issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring January 2017 as National Mentoring Month. The proclamation stated;
“Nobody succeeds on their own: each young person’s strength and resilience is fostered by those who have taught them they can do anything they put their mind to. Whether helping mentees study for a test, learn a new skill, or lift their heads up after a setback, mentors provide them the chance they need to move forward and set their sights even higher. And in helping mentees achieve their goals, mentors can inspire them to reach back and provide the same support to someone else in need of a mentor.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Illinois takes part in National Mentoring Month and serve children 6-16 years of age in Stephenson and Jo Daviess Counties. Recently they shared photos of local people right here in our area who are mentors to our area youth.
In the photos these local ‘big sisters and brothers’ make a small statement about what their mentoring experience means to them.
It is for all of the reasons above and for so many others that we as ‘real life big brothers’ and ‘real life kids’ who had a big brother or sister know, why the following 15 photos make up our Photos of the Day.
If you would be interested in being a big brother or a big sister to someone withing Northwest Illinois, reach out to the great folks at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Illinois. You can call them right here at this number. (815) 599-7300.
As National Mentoring Month comes to a close, we would like to thank ALL of our volunteers who give of their time to our…