Big Brothers Big Sisters launch mentor campaign

City News Service | 1/18/2013, 9:47 a.m.

LOS ANGELES, Calif.--Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles announced today its inaugural "100 New Mentors in 100 Days Campaign" in an effort to close the gap between children in need of mentors and available volunteers.

To mark January as National Mentor Month, organization officials actively are recruiting positive adult role models to serve as Big Brothers and Big Sisters to children between 6 and 18 years old.

"Our need is great, we currently have nearly 300 children throughout Los Angeles County on our waiting list for big brother and big sister mentors," Big Brothers Big Sisters recruiter Spencer Brooks said.

"Most of the children on our match waiting list are boys or children from Spanish and monolingual speaking families who sometimes remain on our waiting list for more than a year."

The "100 New Mentors in 100 Days Campaign" runs through April 30 and will feature a variety of community outreach activities, special events and informational presentations for companies.

Additional information on becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, group presentation opportunities or to request a mentor application is available by calling (213) 213-2421 or emailing spencer.brooks@bbbsla.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles was founded in 1955 by Walt Disney and composer Meredith Willson.