The National Mentoring Partnership has identified 15 million youth across the country in need of a caring mentor; thousands of these youth live in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska. In an effort to help close the mentoring gap, university head football coaches from the three states have issued a friendly challenge to see which state can recruit the most new mentors this football season.
Coach Kirk Ferentz, University of Iowa; Paul Rhoads, Iowa State University; and Mark Farley, University of Northern Iowa, kicked off the Coaches’ Challenge on August 1, 2012. Any new mentor who signs up between August 1 and November 30, 2012 will count toward the “score” of the respective state. By joining the challenge, fans can not only show their Iowa pride, but you can commit to improve the life of a child right in our community.
During the 2011 Coaches’ Challenge, the three states broke all previous records by recruiting 9,896 new mentors, including 3,345 in Iowa. The 2012 target is 10,104 new mentors and 4,000 in Iowa to make an even 20,000 new mentors in just two years.
More than 100 kids, like 6-year old Dennis, are waiting for a caring adult mentor at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids and East Central Iowa today. Dennis enjoys sports, football, and playing outdoors. He’s looking for an active Big Brother who wants to spend just four hours a month hanging out. Think about lessons you’ve learned from coaches growing up. It’s about learning to reach goals, work toward victory and build leadership, sportsmanship and character. And that’s what it would mean to mentor a child such as Dennis.
Sign up today to take the Coaches Mentoring Challenge and make a difference in a child’s life through mentoring. Contact Big Brothers Big Sisters, www.beabigcr.org or 319-377-8993.
Big Brothers Big Sisters, provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated. 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”). Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to facilitate the success of children living in our community by encouraging education and school attendance through providing focus in three competency areas: Connectedness, Attendance, Resources, Extra Curricular (C.A.R.E). Big Brothers Big Sisters has already seen that the Character Building Project is a springboard for greater success for the children served. The Character Building Project is an initiative of Big Brothers Big Sisters to help children grow as individuals through education and exposure to a variety of competency areas.
Photo Caption: Mentor scoreboard after the first month of the 2012 challenge.