January is National Mentoring Month, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana (BBBS-SWLA) is celebrating those who are already volunteering as mentors, “Bigs”, and also recruiting volunteers.

Every January, the news is full of the same stories: people are trying to eat more healthfully, hit the gym more often.

This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana is changing that story and asking: What if this year, you could resolve to something more important, more impactful? What if you could make a resolution worth keeping, one that inspires more resolutions? In 2019, BBBS-SWLA is asking people in Lake Charles, Louisiana to resolve to become a Big Brother or Big Sister.

“Bettering yourself in the new year is a great goal,” said BBBS-SWLA’s Executive Director, Erin Davison, “but we know people are also thinking about how to better their community and how to make sure that when they reflect on the year, they know they made a difference.”

More than twenty youth in Southwest Louisiana are waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister, and the only way to ensure they have someone to inspire them to reach their potential is for more adults to step up and volunteer to become Bigs.

Being a Big means committing to spending a few hours a month with a young person doing things that you love to do, like playing basketball, visiting the library, or learning how to cook.

Southwest Louisiana residents can get involved with National Mentoring Month by becoming a Big or making a donation or contribution towards our organization by visiting www.bbbsswla.org to help fund our match support and continue to make new matches (the average match cost is between $1,200 and $1,500).

On social media, Southwest Louisiana residents can get involved by following Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and BBBS-SWLA on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Throughout the month, Big Brothers Big Sisters is encouraging followers to tag a friend who would be a great Big Brother or Big Sister, using the hashtag #TheBigResolution.

Visit www.thebigresolution.com to learn more.

BBBS-SWLA, a non-profit organization, has been helping children in the SWLA community for over 30 years. Big Brothers Big Sisters believes that all children should be able to achieve success in life.

Its 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 Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs help children to achieve proven positive outcomes including educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana is a proud agency of United Way. To become a volunteer Big or for more information call 337.478.5437 or visit www.bbbsswla.org.