Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont

Executive Director Kimberley Diemond (left) stands with other Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont staff members. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont (BBBSVT) has issued an urgent call to action to find 60 Bigs in 60 Days, urging adults in and around Colchester to volunteer their time and become a Big to one of over 100 children currently ready and waiting for a mentor.

Mentoring is fun, flexible, and a powerful way to make a real difference in one’s community by providing guidance and support to a young person, igniting their potential for a bright future. 

Mentoring is an evidence-based method of prevention that keeps kids engaged, builds resilience and helps to mitigate the negative effects of trauma.  

Youth “Littles” are between the ages of 6 and 17.  Mentor “Bigs” are all ages from college students to retirees.  

The one-to-one "matches" meet 2-4 times a month and establish connections through simple activities and outings. Community-based and school-based options are available. 

“Adults often feel uncertain of their ability to mentor a youth and how they can fit mentoring into their schedule” says Kimberley Diemond, Executive Director of the Vermont-based non profit. “However, this volunteer opportunity is flexible for people with busy schedules and some employers grant paid time off during the work day while employees volunteer. You can participate in activities that you already spend time on and share that time with a young person” says Diemond.

BBBSVT provides training and ongoing support from professional staff who pair each volunteer Big with a compatible Little who is just right for them.

There is a particular need for male volunteers and volunteers who are black, indigenous and people of color to best fit the requests of youth who are waiting. Couples and families are also encouraged to apply.

Evidence shows that youth matched in a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program are 46% less likely to use illegal substances,  27% less likely to use alcohol and 52% less likely to skip school.

Littles  also show improved self-esteem and feelings that they matter within their communities. 

Anyone who is interested in getting involved with the 60 Bigs in 60 Days call to action may contact Kimberley Diemond, Executive Director at kimberley@bbbsvt.org or  802-689-0092. More information can also be found at www.bbbsvt.org.

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