Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota is looking for some good mentors, also known as Bigs. According to Michelle Redman, executive director of BBBS of Southern Minnesota, there are about 178 children (97 boys and 81 girls) on the waiting list in Steele, Dodge, Rice and Waseca counties.

January is National Mentoring month and Big Brothers, Big Sisters would like to connect children in more communities with mentors. Adults can be matched in two programs: school or community. And it's based on gender: female mentors with girls and male mentors with boys.

School matches meet at school once a week throughout the year and community matches meet a couple of times a month for a couple of hours each time. Boys typically sit on the waiting list longer than girls. Volunteers are interviewed on their interests and preferences before being matched. After submitting an application, a member of Big Brothers, Big Sisters will conduct an interview, background check and reference check.

If you are interested, contact Megan Horton at (507) 414-0308 or bbbsofsouthernmn.org.

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