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Be a mentor

January 21, 2012
Marshall Independent

To the editor:

As Mother Nature continues to remind us via cold wind chills that it is, in fact, January, we become aware of all of the events that January brings: a joyful New Year's Day, looking forward with hope for the year to come; a remembrance of the sacrifices that Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others made for civil rights; and it is also National Mentoring Month. The Big Buddies program would like to take some time this month to recognize and say a sincere and grateful THANK YOU to all of the mentors in our community, and particularly to those mentors who are currently with or who have ever volunteered with the Big Buddies program.

It is truly incredible and inspiring to see the change in a Little Buddy's way of thinking about his or herself and the world around them after they have been matched with and spent time with their Big Buddy. They become more confident in expressing themselves, improve their achievement in school, and become more hopeful about their future.

It is our belief, that with guidance and support from positive, caring adults, all youth can grow up healthy and safe; equipped for college, work, and military service, prepared for marriage, family, and parenting; and excited about contributing the success of their communities!

However, these goals can only be accomplished with the dedicated and altruistic spirit of our volunteers, our Big Buddies. If your New Year's resolution this year was to help make your community a better place to live, or to improve the life of a child, please contact me, the Big Buddies coordinator in Lyon and Lincoln counties, to make the difference of a lifetime. There are a number of ways to be involved with the program, including becoming a Big Buddy, joining our Advisory Board, participating in our upcoming once a year Bowl-A-Thon and Online Auction fundraisers, or volunteering as a part of our outside-of-school program, Big Buddy for a Day!

There is no perfect standard to be a mentor; all it takes is time.

Alicia Peterson

Big Buddies Coordinator



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