Faculty and staff have an opportunity to make a difference in a youth’s life.
By Sandy Cordell
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is looking for faculty and staff to mentor local youth once a month.
Faculty and staff will have the opportunity to be paired with a “little” noon-1:30 p.m. March 8 in Loftin Student Center.
Little brothers and sisters are referred to as the “littles” and mentors are called “bigs,” Joseph Liedecke, coordinator of student success, said.
Junior high students from Will Rogers Academy located at 620 Mcilvaine St. in the San Antonio Independent School District, will come to campus once a month to meet with their mentor.
Representatives of Big Brothers Big Sisters will interview potential mentors at the March 8 event.
Mentors and students will decorate a cardboard kid for the ChildSafe Cardboard Kids Campaign March 8. Cardboard kids is a citywide campaign to draw attention to child abuse highlighting that every child is unique, according to cardboardkidsa.com.
Liedecke has been involved as a big brother for three years.
He responded to an email to faculty and staff asking for volunteers.
“I felt like I could make a difference in a youth’s life,” Liedecke said.
“There are so many reasons why you should be a mentor. They bring the littles here to us, “Liedecke said. We don’t have to go anywhere. And they provide lunch for us. What more could you want?”
Meetings will be at Sinkin Eco Centro April 5 and Scobee Planetarium May 3.
Mentors can apply any time during the semester, he said.
For an application or more information, contact Liedecke at 210-486-0137 or firstname.lastname@example.org.