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When Dawn's sons moved out and that “empty nest” feeling crept in, she volunteered as a Big Sister -- and asked for a Little Brother. -- Dawn, BBBS Big Sister, Owatonna, MN
"With my quilts, I educate children about the place where they live and its history."
Kansas City, KS
"I set out to convince the first-graders how important it is to eat their fruits and vegetables."
"It is my joy to see the light in a child's face when they understand."
Shaker Heights, OH
"I walk into the classroom for tutoring and the kids say, "Mr. Larry is here!"
-- Larry, Oasis Tutor
St. Louis, MO
"It’s like I spent the first part of my career toiling away in the 'minor leagues' and now have a chance to make a huge difference in the world."
"As the child of a single mom, I couldn't afford to pay for lunch at school. Now, as a mentor, I wanted to do something to help."
Spring Branch, TX
"I play a tiny part in ensuring the next generation has a healthy foundation and a greater chance for success."
"I do fundraising, hugging and some scolding. I respect and appreciate the young people deeply."
Los Angeles, CA
"I'm committed to working with students who may be the first in their family to go to college."
-- Doretta, Strive for College Mentor
" I believe in the importance of play in the development of our youth."
West Somerville, MA
"I was matched with my Little Sister when she was 8. Today she's 30 and we're still friends."
-- Bettylou, Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor
San Dimas, CA
"I became more of an advocate for people with disabilities, particularly the children who are bullied."
Miami Shores, FL
"In midlife, I realized I wanted to help society in another way, working with young people."
Culver City, CA
"Often, young black men are marginalized and demonized. I want to reimagine them as entrepreneurs."
"Through Strive, I mentored students online from three different states: California, Florida and Iowa."
-- Van, Strive Mentor
"I promise to be a caring adult in my students' lives, no matter what."
"The youth call it a temple, a safe haven, because it's so much more than a gym."
"I chose Bea as my mentor because she has more experience. She's like an encyclopedia!"
-- Eugen, Strive for College Mentee
El Territo, CA
"It's no secret that young men like Demetrius from single parent homes need more adults in their lives."
-- Rob, via MENTOR
"I look forward each week to coaching her on ways to develop her potential."
-- Beth, Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor
"To me, mentoring doesn't feel like a task or a burden. It's a great privilege."
-- David Shapiro, CEO, MENTOR
Jamaica Plain, MA
"For the foster children, I am like their grandmother as well as a leader in the community."
"Uniting an older adult with a child to provide literacy tutoring is my calling."
"Sometimes, I am the only stable person in a foster child's life."
-- Char, CASA Volunteer
Tennessee Colony, TX
"Investing time in children early will ensure a brighter future for them and our community."
Colorado Springs, CO
"I want to help young people open their minds to the different things that make life interesting."
-- Debra, Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor
"Considering what's going on in many of our communities, what better contribution than to be personally available to a child."
- Elzora, Oasis Tutor
St. Louis, MO
"Telling young people, 'You can do a lot, if you have a guiding hand,' encourages them to be better."
"I always talked about what schools were doing wrong. This was my chance to do something about it."
If you've experienced the power of working with young people on projects that contribute to a better future for future generations, your first-person story can inspire others to follow your example.Share Your Story