This event matches adults in the community with children who may benefit from having a caring, adult role model in their lives.
The Big Buddy Program’s goal is to convene 100 mentors and mentees for the day.
The day begins with breakfast, where mentors will meet mentees, which will be followed by mentor workplace visits and will conclude with a mentor luncheon.
The Big Buddy Program, a local, nonprofit youth services agency, provides role models and learning experiences for more than 750 disadvantaged youth weekly.
“Mentoring is the single most [effective] way to have an impact on the life of a child,” Big Buddy Executive Director Gaylynne Mack said. “In the long run, mentoring is the fiscally responsible course of action.”
Mack said it costs $1,500 per year for adults equipped with the capacity, gained through training and support, to guide the youth successfully through the decision making process and through the transition of adolescence to adulthood.
Mack said the cost of mentoring “is a mere drop in the bucket compared to the $88,000 per year it costs to incarcerate one juvenile.”
The program’s Day of the Mentor was established in 1998 to bring heightened awareness to the service of mentoring and to motivate members of the community to get involved in making a difference in the lives of children.