January Proclaimed National Mentoring Month
The city of Brownwood recognized the importance of mentoring in the life of a child and the volunteers that participate locally through the Big Brothers Big Sisters and Kids Hope programs by proclaiming January National Mentoring Month.“The citizens of Brownwood recognize that our success depends on helping every child succeed in school and reach their full potential in life, and realize that young people need a solid foundation of support that will help them become well educated, confident, and productive citizens,” reads a portion of the proclamation read by Brownwood Mayor Stephen Haynes at a recent city council meeting.
The proclamation also outlined the importance of one-on-one mentoring which has been proven to be an effective strategy to help children and young adults by matching them with a responsible adult who can provide guidance and direction, build confidence and lift expectations by serving as friends, role models, teachers, and sources of stability and support during a critical time in a child’s life.
Haynes stated that mentoring has been proven to be beneficial and have long-term effects on youth which increases their chances of graduating from high school and college.
Local volunteers were also recognized for making a difference in the lives of our young people by serving as mentors.
On January 31st, in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brown County and in honor of National Mentoring Month, the mayor will host the “Mayor’s Big Breakfast” which will highlight how mentoring impacts the community and gives an opportunity to learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters.
For more information on how to become a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, click here or call 325-643-5600.
Pictured above are BBBS board members Paul Coghlan, Don Benedict, Jodie Hohertz and BBBS Director Gina Jameson with Mayor Stephen Haynes as he presented the proclamation.