The Big Brothers Big Sisters organization deals with helping and nurturing children to strengthen their potential in life. This year, Weber State University is opening up a Big Brothers Big Sisters Club on campus.

“It’s to help make a difference in someone else’s life, to make a change,” said Skyler Stotts, the president of the new club.

Stotts was called a while back by the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, and was asked to start a club on campus. He said that the organization calls every member of its association to see if they will help spread the word.

Stotts also said he found out that the organization had a really hard time finding people when he joined last year. He said he wanted to help these children because there were people in his life who had been there for him. Now, he said he wants to be there for these children.

“You don’t have to go out and try to help people; you just help one kid,” he said.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters program has been going on for 100 years now. Its aim is to change the children’s (Littles) and volunteers’ (Bigs) perspectives on life. The Littles are between the ages of 6 and 18. The Bigs can be of any age to help volunteer and donate to the foundation.

“We decided to start the club to get more community involvement,” said Kurt Ward, a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Club at WSU. “They need a solid role model.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission is to give the Littles friends who can help change their lives in positive ways.

According to the program’s research, the Bigs and Littles do have an impact on each other’s lives. Individuals from both are found to be more confident in their schoolwork performance and able to get along better with their families. Studies also found that 46 percent are less likely to do illegal drugs, 27 percent are less likely to begin using alcohol and 52 percent are less likely to skip school.

On the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ website, Karen J. Mathis, the president and chief executive officer of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, said that the program reached nearly a quarter million children nationwide in the year of 2009.

Other programs that help reach out to children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization include the Amachi, which helps children who live in impoverished areas and have an incarcerated parent.

The organization partners with universities’ and colleges’ fraternities across the country, including the Hispanic Mentoring Leadership Network.

The club has not been completely set up yet at WSU, but members are having meetings to discuss the next move.

Meetings will be held every other Thursday in Shepherd Union Building Room 331 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss how to talk to more people, find out their interests and how to raise money for the organization.

For more information on volunteering or donating money to the children’s fund, students can visit http://www.bbbs.org.

 

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