Youth Development

Mentoring Matters! Our Match of the Year Shares their POV.

Mentor Dan : A friend invited me to attend a Big Brothers Big Sisters event and I heard firsthand about the impact that mentoring can have and the difference relationships can make in the life of a child. I decided to sign up and within a few months I was told I have a potential match. It was honestly a little scary at first because I knew this was a lot of responsibility but once I met Zach I knew this would a good fit. He and I have so much in common. For example we both enjoy similar foods and even similar birthdays.

Girls on the Run - DC: About So Much More Than Running

Girls on the Run-DC (GOTR-DC) inspires girls in 3rd-8th grade to become joyful, healthy, and confident.

Serving girls in all 8 Wards of Washington, DC and parts of Prince George's County, MD, GOTR-DC's lessons extend beyond our after school program. Girls use the tools and strategies they develop for years to come in and out of the classroom. Families, friends, and communities are strengthened because of GOTR-DC. Here’s what one parent said about his daughter’s participation:

Big Brother Tanner and Little Brother Carson: a Bigs with Badges Match

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada matches volunteer mentors from our community with at-risk youth living below the poverty line. By building their friendship, we see big improvements in a child's social and academic success. Take Tanner and Carson: Little Brother Carson, 12, and Big Brother Tanner were matched in January 2020. These two enjoy discussing life and school, riding bikes at Rancho San Rafael Park, jumping at Fly High, and singing and dancing to their favorite songs.

I learned that I'm Unstoppable!

My name is Lucy. When I started Girls on the Run, I was scared when I heard we would be running 3 miles at the end of the season! My coaches helped me set small goals throughout the season and showed me that it didn't matter how fast I ran, as long as I kept moving forward. I ran a little more at every practice and I learned how to stand up for myself, manage stress, be a good friend, and speak to myself with kind words! After 10 weeks of training, I was ready for the 5K!