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Invest in the Future, Mentor a Child-National Mentoring Month
Big Brothers Big Sisters Announces 2011 Bigs of the Year
WINCHESTER, VA (January 25, 2012) --- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winchester, Frederick and Clarke Counties (BBBS) will announce the Big Brother and Big Sister of 2011 on Thursday, January 26th at 7pm at TC Tooties during their National Mentoring Month appreciation event. January 2012 marks the 11th anniversary of National Mentoring Month, spearheaded by the Harvard Mentoring Project of the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation designating January as National Mentoring Month, saying, “Every day, mentors help young Americans face the challenges of growing into adulthood. By setting a positive example and sharing their time, knowledge and experience, mentors play an essential role in preparing our Nation's youth for a bright future. During National Mentoring Month, we celebrate the contributions of all those who cultivate a supportive environment for the next generation, and we recommit to expanding mentorship opportunities across our country.”
BBBS 2011 Big Brother of the Year is Cody Knickerbocker, a School Based Mentor for the agency. According to Juli Ferrell, Executive Director of BBBS, “Cody is the consummate volunteer – always willing to go the extra mile in any additional events and has been really creative in connecting with his little brother.”
BBBS 2011 Big Sister of the Year is Heather Welsh. As a Community Based Mentor for several years, she exceeds the expectations of volunteering. Trying to prove her commitment, she used to go by her little sister’s house and leave a note on the door the day before a meeting, just to encourage her little that she would be there. Ferrell adds, “Heather has great goals for her little sister, guiding her to finish school, learn how to drive and make plans for her next stage in life.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winchester, Frederick & Clarke Counties is helping local children facing adversity reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring. The vision for 2012 is to serve more than 100 disadvantaged children who have the highest risk factors in Winchester City, Frederick & Clarke Counties by providing mentoring relationships thereby contributing to better schools, brighter futures and stronger communities. Start Something BIG, donate or volunteer today. Visit www.bbbswinchester.org for more information.
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