Big Brothers Big Sisters Resource Board under formation

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By Carol A. Clark

Community members turned out to hear what it takes to serve on the local board of the national youth mentoring organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters. During a lunchtime presentation Wednesday at the Hilltop House Hotel, nearly 20 people learned about the history, local status and board duties. The board positions consist of two-year terms with an option to renew. Between seven and 21 board members are being sought. Five people have already signed on.Board responsibilities include overseeing the program’s integrity, acting as a resource for local and agency staff, and strategically planning for effectiveness and growth, among other duties.Big Brothers Big Sisters helps boys and girls achieve their potential through positive adult relationships. A volunteer needs no special skills to be a Big Brother or Big Sister, said Chief Executive Officer Andrea Fisher Maril. He or she needs only to be interested in sharing special moments with a child. Just by sharing experiences, celebrating accomplishments and listening to a child’s concerns, a Big Brother or Big Sister can make a difference to a child, she said. Fisher Maril spoke of her interactions with a teenage girl and how much it meant to her when the girl searched for her three years later to express how that interaction changed her life for the better.

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