Man Up: How One Organization Is Investing in East Bay Youth
People often criticize kids these days, but they forget that it takes a village. One Bay Area organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area (BBBSBA) is challenging men to “Man Up” and volunteer as a Big Brother For a Day.
On November 16th, Big Brothers will host an event to encourage men to explore the idea of mentoring by allowing them to try it out for a day.
Their event will be held at Ira Jenkins Recreation Center in Oakland on Saturday, November 16th from 12-3pm. Matches will participate in a guys’ day of basketball, team-building games, pizza, prizes, and fun.
With a growing wait list of over 800 kids, BBBSBA will match some of the waiting Little Brothers with mentors for a day to bring more awareness to the need for male mentors.
Big Brothers Make a Big Difference
Community events such as these keep young males engaged in positive activities and help them to feel supported by their community.
At-risk youth who have mentors have been shown to be less likely to enter the juvenile justice system. In addition, studies show that of the kids who have mentors for at least a year:
- 92% have improved self-confidence
- 81% improved attitudes towards school
- 85% improved their ability to avoid using physical violence
- 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
- 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
Instead of talking about the problems with kids today, take a step forward and volunteer to be a Big Brother For A Day by registering at https://big-for-a-day.eventbrite.com/ or contacting Nikki at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 415-503-4351 for more info.