Mentoring Moment is a monthly blog post by Ryan Scott, Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director...
WOW! Hard to believe it’s already been one month since I landed this incredible opportunity with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Indiana.
As our vision is to help ALL youth within our footprint reach their full potential, my team and I have been exceptionally busy in our short time together:
Myself, Amanda Redenbugh (Director of Marketing) and Grace Walker (Match Support Specialist) had the chance to attend our national conference in Anaheim, California on the week of June 26th. While there we networked with other defenders of potential, we toured the Orange County BBBS facility, engaged in some deep learning and were introduced to the upcoming national marketing campaign that is set to roll out soon!
Several other team members attended a Trauma-Informed conference this past week in Washington, Indiana, where the need for 1:1 mentoring was made even more clear!
We attended the Posey County Fair and volunteered to be “dunked” for kids. It was great spending time with Bigs/Littles and serving our community!
Created a partnership with our local Boy Scouts of America!!
Over the past month, we have completed 3 matches and have had 27 Bigs/Littles interested in joining our program!!
I can honestly say, working towards fulfilling our mission of creating and supporting 1:1 mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth, has me on cloud nine! Getting out and about in the communities in which we serve has been remarkable. It’s refreshing to meet with so many folks that also believe that the way to change the world is through connecting our youth with positive, supportive and nurturing mentors. I’ve been blessed to meet with: Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, Ange Humphrey from ABC 25 Local Lifestyles, The Buffalo Trace Council ED John Harding, Evansville’s Business Network International chapter, representatives from The University of Evansville, Mattingly Charities, Posey County United Way, Superintendent Scherry from North Spencer Schools, Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library and several others.
Too often we are inundated with what’s wrong with the world. Through the course of this first month, as the guy with the best job in the world, I’ve been able to see what’s RIGHT with this world. When people band together, to make positive changes within their communities, the world becomes a better place.
Here’s to many more months of moving Vanderburgh, Posey, Gibson, Warrick, Spencer and Henderson counties forward!
Please feel free to email Ryan if you have any questions. As BBBS continues to work hard giving back, we sincerely thank you for your support as we continue to defend our youth’s potential together.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Indiana
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Big, visit mentoringkids.org/volunteer.