CEDAR RAPIDS, Ia., January 15, 2013 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids and East Central Iowa celebrates January as National Mentoring Month, as proclaimed by President Barack Obama. Obama noted, "A supportive mentor can mean the difference between struggle and success. As we mark this important occasion, I encourage all Americans to spend time as a mentor and help lift our next generation toward their hopes and dreams."
Mentorship is exemplified by local Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer, Debbie Fuller, who was recently nominated as a recipient for the Excellence in Mentoring Award in the State of Iowa. Since being matched with her Little in 2009, Debbie has played an active role in her mentee, Steffene’s, education by maintaining regular communication with Steffene’s teacher and Educare tutor, and frequently helps her complete homework assignments.
Debbie feels it is critical to show a child that there are many opportunities in life and hopes to teach Steffene life skills that she might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn. Debbie will be recognized as one of the five recipients of the 2013 Excellence in Mentoring Award. She and other mentors will be honored by Governor Terry Branstad during a ceremony in conjunction with Mentoring Day on the Hill in Des Moines on “Thank Your Mentor Day,” January 17th. To learn more about local mentoring opportunities, visit www.BeABigCR.org.Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids and East Central Iowa 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 being raised 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 providing support to help children grow as individuals and by encouraging educational and extra-curricular activities.