Rio Arriba Presents Proclamation for Big Brothers Big Sisters
ESPAÑOLA — On Thursday the Rio Arriba County Commission adopted a proclamation declaring June 2015 to be Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Month in Rio Arriba County.
Dawn Brown, Regional Director for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region and Leo Marquez represented the organization at the meeting.
Commissioner Alex Naranjo had to leave early due to illness but Commission Chairman Barney Trujillo presented a check from Commissioner Naranjo for $2,300 to support BBBS activities in Rio Arriba County.
According to the BBBS website, The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Big Brothers Big Sisters targets children who are considered most in need of a supporting relationship, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty and coping with parental incarceration.
As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country.
National research has shown that positive relationships between Littles and their Bigs have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. By participating in our programs, Little Brothers and Sisters are:
- more confident in their schoolwork performance
- able to get along better with their families
- 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
- 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
- 52% less likely to skip school.