What You'll Get
The Issue: Children with Limited Adult Role Models
Life can be difficult for children who live in single-parent households, are experiencing poverty, or have a parent who is incarcerated. They will be faced with a number of risks that can seriously mar their chances for future success, and despite parents’ best intentions, they may not always have a strong mentor around to help them counteract negative influences.
The Campaign: Matching Youth with a Big Brother or Sister
If 50 people donate $10, then Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties (BBBSMMC) can enroll and match one child with a volunteer Big Brother or Sister. Each additional $500 raised will match another mentor and mentee. BBBSMMC pairs youth aged 6–14 with a prescreened adult mentor who is in a stable situation and can provide positive guidance. The mentor and mentee spend two to four hours a month together doing free or low-cost activities such as hiking in a park or baking a cake. Children who have been engaging with their mentors often gain increased self-confidence and improved decision-making skills.
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The Fine Print
100% of donations go directly to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties. Donations are automatically applied. Must provide full name at checkout. See Grassroots FAQs that apply to this campaign. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties
In 1976, Curtis Colby befriended a boy named Joey, whose father had died. Curtis spent time mentoring him as a volunteer and discovered Joey's younger brother also was in need of a strong male role model. This connection was the original impetus for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties, which connects youth with responsible and positive adult mentors through community- and school-based programs to help change their lives for the better. Youth aged 6–14 who have one-on-one relationships with mentors have reported increased self-esteem, an improved ability to express their feelings, and better attitudes toward school.