Growing up, I knew a number of kids who had Big Brothers or Big Sisters. And, I have to admit, I was jealous! I didn’t understand why they had a Big Brother or Big Sister, I just knew that they went out and did fun things together! Looking back, I realize that I was lucky because I had my own mentors (in my case, it was one of my elementary school teachers — he encouraged my dreams and helped give me the belief that I could do anything I was determined to do!).
I hadn’t given the Big Brother/Big Sister program much of a thought (I am embarassed to say!) until a couple of years ago when one of my best friends told me that she had been interviewing to become a Big Sister. She had teenagers so I have to admit I was baffled and found myself asking her, “Why do you want to be a Big Sister?” She explained that her teens were boys and she really wanted to connect with a girl. She also wanted to provide a child with a positive role model (and, while I know I am biased, I think they couldn’t have made a better choice!).
So I have seen others with mentors, and I have had a mentor myself. I’m hopeful that over the years someone has seen me as their mentor — there couldn’t be a great honour in my opinion!
So what does all of this have to do with the Big Shoutout?
Well, I’ve come to realize that without my mentor, I would be a different person than I am today! And, like my friend, I’ve come to realize that I want to mentor a child in the same way because I was lucky to have that experience!
Do you want to honour a person who made your life better by knowing them? If so, check out The Big Shoutout. On this site you can give thanks to that special person as well as learning how you can make a difference too!