30 Men in 30 Days reaffirms need for male mentors
London Community News
Big Brothers Big Sisters of London & Area (BBBSOLA) is reaching out to the community in hopes of changing the trajectory of children and youth in London and Middlesex County with the 30 Men in 30 Days campaign.
Matthew Chater, director of service delivery and advancement at BBBSOLA, said matching a male mentor’s unique strengths with their Little Brother’s diverse needs and interests can make a significant difference in their life. “It is essential for development that young people in our community have strong, safe and healthy relationships with a mentor.”
Josh Elliott, 25, has been a Big Brother for roughly nine months and has seen the changes a positive male influence can have on an adolescent.
“You can see growth moments,” Elliott said. “I have seen it once or twice where he might lose his temper and I know he gets frustrated with certain things, but I can see him holding it back.”
Elliott believes that campaigns like 30 Men in 30 Days will help bring awareness within the community for the need for male mentors and the impact that they will have. Being a part of the positive change is one of his favourite aspects of being a mentor.
“It’s (volunteering) on an individual level . . . it’s nice to see those little bits of growth,” said Elliott. “You see the effect. And, you get to do something fun every week.”
Spending three to four hours a week with a Little Brother, Chater said, isn’t a significant time commitment, as mentors aren’t losing time out of their week. Big Brothers are encouraged to include their Little Brothers in some of their day-to-day activities as a way to bond.
Elliott and his Little Brother spend their time playing and watching sporting events and action movies. But, Elliott also enjoys activities that embrace his inner child.
“You get to do things that you wouldn’t get to do with people your own age like play laser quest,” said Elliott. “I’m getting pretty good too.”
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