Maybe you’ve been thinking about becoming a Big for a while now — you’ve heard about the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in the Sioux Empire, you’ve met some matches on our blog, and you’ve been meaning to register to mentor a child.
We get it. It’s easy to have the best of intentions . . . but then life gets so busy. We’ve all been there!
There’s a Chinese proverb that says “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” If you’d like to become a positive influence in the life of a local child, NOW is always the right time.
In fact, there may not be a better time to register to become a Big than Summer 2019! Here are ten reasons why.
1. It’s motivating to motivate your Little
While you’re helping your Little to become the best version of themselves that they can be, you’ll be challenged to do the same for yourself. After all, positive energy is contagious!
Plus, you know your Little will look up to you. This will cause you to strive to be your best self.
2. There are so many summer activities
There is a lot to do in Sioux Falls all year long, but we can all agree that summer is the best time!
Each month we host a Match Activity, or and there’s plenty of free activities and events in the area all summer long.
Whether you and your Little enjoy biking on the trails, listening to outdoor music, or prefer indoor activities, you’ll have no trouble finding ways to make memories this summer.
3. You'll Encounter New Perspectives
Your Little’s background and family may be very different than yours, which means you both can teach each other about your different perspectives and experiences.
Maybe that means trying a new kind of food, learning a few words of a foreign language, or simply just seeing the world through a different, younger set of eyes. No matter what, you can only benefit from new perspectives!
4. You’ll impact a life for the better
Each and every one of us wants to feel purposeful and that we are contributing to the world. While that might seem like a big task, it manifests in small ways — such as making a positive impact in the life of one person.
This is your chance to do that. As you think about the impactful people who have encouraged, taught, and cared for you, recognize that this is your chance to do the same for someone else. What an honor!
5. You can meet new friends your age
You’ll become involved in the broader community of Big Brother and Big Sisters in the Sioux Empire. Through our match activities, you’ll meet other men and women with similar goals and values as yourself. Maybe you’ll even become great friends!
6. You have many options
Our program is not cookie-cutter. You and your match can choose the activities that work best for your interests and availabilities.
Also, while one-to-one mentoring is most popular, we also provide the option to mentor as a couple. And of course, we can’t forget to mention our Amachi Program, which provides mentoring for Sioux Empire children with incarcerated parents.
7. You are bettering society
Big Brothers Big Sisters conducted a study that shows that quality mentoring programs have incredible impacts on youth. Mentored youth do better in school, have healthier relationships with their parents and peers, and are less likely to make risky decisions.
This is a practical and specific way that you can help improve your local Sioux Empire community — the data proves it!
8. Volunteering is great on a resume
While we certainly hope that you’re in it for more than the volunteering brownie points, it is worth mentioning that many employers take note of volunteering experiences on resumes.
Volunteers often develop many skills from their experiences, such as leadership, communication, and time management skills.
9. You’ll create a long-lasting friendship
You will end up with more than a Little. You’ll likely create a lasting friendship.
While we ask each mentor to commit to at least one year, many Bigs and Littles stay together for many years. These friendships can become life-long relationships that truly feel like family.
10. It may be the best decision you’ll ever make
Many Sioux Empire Bigs will say that becoming a Big is one of the best choices they’ve made.
At its core, volunteering is giving back without expecting anything in return. Yet, you can often gain so much, and the experience is extremely rewarding. BIG things can happen when you give LITTLE.
Become a Big Today
We always need more Bigs to match with our waiting list of Littles.
If you’ve been waiting for your moment, this is it. Summer 2019 is your time to do something BIG. Check out our FAQs for Bigs, and then apply today. We can’t wait to have you!