It’s National Thank A Mentor Day & Our Friends at Big Brothers Big Sisters Hope It Really Starts A Conversation!

January 31, 2019

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

Having a mentor can change your life – there is no doubt about it. The folks at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie, Niagara and the Southern Tier (BBBS) want to remind all of us just how important mentors are.

The organization has worked hard to rebrand, modernize and reposition with a goal of recruiting more diverse volunteers. “The local need for young people to have a role model is more urgent than ever,” said Thomas J. Guagliardo, CEO of BBBS. “To attract more volunteers of all generations, we needed a modernization of our brand to make an impact in the community and meet the need of the essential work of matching
youth with mentors.”

BBBS has always seen incredible potential in every child, and this new brand positioning emphasizes how everyone in the community, from parents and guardians to prospective volunteers to donors and supporters, can help defend the potential inherent in our country’s youth and help them achieve their biggest possible futures.

They’re hoping to really get the conversation going today with hashtag #ThankYourMentorDay. They will be thanking their current and past mentors and they hope you will, too.

ABOUT Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie, Niagara and The Southern Tier:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie, Niagara and The Southern Tier has been providing carefully screened and trained volunteer mentors for local children for 45+ years. At the end of the 2017-2018 school year, of the children in a match with a Big Brother or Big Sister, 98.6% were promoted to the next grade level.

Additionally, BBBS program outcomes indicated that 88.6% of these children maintained or showed improvement in their attitude towards avoiding risky behaviors like truancy and 96.8% improved or maintained positive feelings regarding their ability to achieve future educational outcomes.

For more information about becoming a mentor or donor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie, Niagara and the Southern Tier visit



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