Dawn Brown of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico spends a good deal of time during the summer thinking of the new school year and the number of students that could use an adult friend in their life.
“As the Los Alamos Rio Arriba regional director I reach out to the communities for volunteers, youth for our program, regional board development, public speaking engagements, PR, fundraising and event planning,” Brown said.
Brown oversees the site-based and community-based programs, which match “bigs” and “littles” for as little as 45 minutes per week or up to six to eight hours per month.
The one-to-one mentorship programs only vary in the amount of time an adult is available to mentor a local youth. The Northern New Mexico BBBS program offers training, and works hard to match adults and youth based on common goals and activities.
These relationships help to build a child’s skills, confidence and increase the chances of them staying in school,” Brown said. “A positive role model in a youth’s life helps increase the chances that a child will be able to overcome adversity and lead a successful life.”
Brown also wants volunteers to know that the relationships are nurtured and supported by their degreed and professionally trained program staff.