Currently, one in three kids in America is growing up without a positive adult mentor. The gap between mentorship and youth who need it most continues to widen due to perceived barriers to the time and expertise needed to become a mentor.

We’re experiencing this mentorship gap right here in the Midcoast with 21 boys on the waitlist hoping for a Big Brother. But only 2 out of every 10 inquiries to volunteer come from men. Research shows that having the positive influence of a Big Brother makes a real difference in a boy's life, leading to a decrease in risky behaviors and an increase in improved mental well-being and confidence.

For National Volunteer Month this April, we are highlighting our need for Big Brothers and the fact that “It Takes Little to be Big." In just a few hours, a couple of times a month, you can give a Little the invaluable gift of your friendship. By simply changing their perspective of what the world can offer, you can literally start changing their lives. And it’s as simple as playing video games, throwing around a ball, or just hanging out together.

This April, BE BIG!