In 2019, Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County is recommending a resolution worth keeping. When joining the movement, and make the big resolution, your impact doesn’t last a year. It lasts a lifetime.  This January marks the 17th year of National Mentor Month; a nationwide initiative to raise awareness and invite community adults, businesses and donors to help Big Brothers Big Sisters match at-risk children with mentors who will be in their corner in 2019 and beyond. Local residents can become involved by donating or volunteering at SLObigs.org or by calling 805-781-3226.

Important dates for this public awareness campaign are:

  • January 4, 2019 – “I Am a Mentor Day” a day for volunteer mentors to celebrate their role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhanced their world.
  • January 10, 2019 – “National Mentoring Month Facebook Photo and Testimonial Sharing; a social media opportunity to share how your mentor impacted your life and how mentoring is impacting local communities.  Join the conversation at facebook.com/slobigs/.
  • January 17, 2019 – “International Mentoring Day,” a day of international conversations on social media where photos, video and powerful mentoring stories messages are shared.
  • January 21, 2019 – “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service”, a day to share in the inspirational words of MLK, Jr. and elevate the spirit of service through volunteerism. Throughout this week and next, BBBS invites the press to visit Big Brothers Big Sisters in-school mentoring programs where press can see service in action with nearly 180 mentors and protégés.
  • January 31, 2019 – “#ThankYourMentor Day”, a day for all who have real life mentoring experiences to thank those who helped them on their path to adulthood and beyond. Throughout this week, BBBS invites the press to visit their in-school mentoring programs where press can see service in action with nearly 180 mentors and protégés.

big brothers big sistersLaunched in 2002, National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of mentors to help ensure positive outcomes for young people. This campaign celebrates the potential in each individual and the positive effect mentoring can have on young lives. Its goals are to:

  • Raise awareness of the life-changing impact of the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs;
  • Recruit individuals to mentor, as Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County has more than 100 children who are ready to experience mentoring;
  • Promote the rapid growth of mentoring by recruiting organizations to engage their constituents in mentoring.

National partners work with local leaders to organize special events in their communities supported by local media outlets and public officials.  These events help interested adults learn how to turn their concern for young people into direct action by becoming mentors. Each year since its launch, National Mentoring Month has enjoyed the strong support of the U.S. President and members of Congress.  Other well-known supporters include the late Maya Angelou, Clint Eastwood, Senator John McCain, Quincy Jones, General Colin L. Powell, Cal Ripken, Jr., Bill Russell and Usher.


About Big Brothers Big Sisters:

Big Brothers Big Sisters mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. The local, volunteer and donor funded organization provides targeted recruiting, screening, training and matching, as well as ongoing support, safety training and supervision for volunteers, children and families.  For more information on volunteering or contributing to Big Brothers Big Sisters, call 805-781-3226, or visit www.SLObigs.org.