Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota need male mentors

ST. CLOUD – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota’s Be Big in 22 campaign aims to recruit volunteer mentors to partner with youth on their waitlist.

According to the press release, the organization solicits referrals from mentors and volunteers, partners with Starbucks at recruitment events, and participates in community events and outreach. Though the campaign runs through March 31, the organization is also conducting recruitment efforts throughout the year.

The organization especially needs Big Brothers. 66% of youth on the waitlist for Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations across the country are boys, while only 36% of mentors are men, according to the organization.

“A lot of guys, we found, don’t think they have what it takes to be a big or don’t think they’d be good at it. But a lot of our guys tend to be some of the best mentors, people who’ve overcome life’s challenges, people who’ve been through things to share with and help their little ones,” said Community Engagement Manager Tina Johanning.

And more than 100 kids are currently waiting for a mentor at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota.

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Big duo Alex and Brittney Schoephoerster’s Little waited over a year before he was paired with the couple. In the roughly four years since this pairing, the trio have spent a great deal of time go-karting, ax throwing, celebrating birthdays and getting their little one involved as the Schoephoersters family has grown.

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