Mentoring matters

To the Journal editor:

As the nation celebrates National Mentoring Month, it is important to let all mentoring-minded people know how much they matter.

Across the nation, Big Brothers Big Sisters is reconnecting with alumni Bigs, Littles, donors and family, staff and board members.

The reunion effort is an extension of Start Something, a national initiative Big Brothers Big Sisters unveiled two years ago in partnership with the Ad Council.

The effort invites all adults – not just volunteers – to support quality mentoring to change the odds for children facing adversity.

The 2012 nationwide search and reunite effort extends Start Something to hundreds of thousands of people who have an affinity with Big Brothers Big Sisters, but have not been asked to stay or become re-engaged with the organization.

Our hope is that by bringing our alumni together and showing them how much we appreciate them, we will open avenues for people who are already invested in our work to “Start Something [Again]” to help kids succeed in school and life.

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Longstanding independent research and Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Survey results find children enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters improve in areas such as school, behavior and self-esteem.

Today, as Big Brothers Big Sisters embarks on a nationwide search to reunite with former Bigs, Littles, donors and family, staff and board members, I encourage you to ask friends and family once involved to reconnect with us.

And if you are the person with whom we have lost contact, we believe National Mentoring Month is a perfect time to Start Something [Again].

Learn more about our Big Brothers Big Sisters Alumni Club by contacting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger Counties, Inc., 101 S. Pioneer Ave. Negaunee, Mich. 49866, call 906-475-7801 or email or visit

JAYNE LETTS, executive director

Big Brothers Big Sisters

of Marquette and

Alger Counties, Inc.