U.S.

December 14, 2012

Big Brothers Big Sisters: An Opportunity to Give Back

Tags:
Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs


Looking to get involved in the community? If so, the Big Brother & Big Sister mentoring program could be for you. The program is in need of individuals to be role models for Tucson’s youth.

Through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program volunteers will be paired with a child between the ages of 7-17. The Program forms a relationship between a “big”, the mentor, and a “little”, the child.

The program asks for a one-year commitment and encourages the members to continue the relationship well past the first year.

“What ends up happening is most people after 12 months want to continue that relationship,” said Michael Bolton, program specialist. “We have matches that go for 10 years or 12 years. We create these relationships that can really last a lifetime.”

The program requires a strong commitment from anyone hoping to be a mentor and involves an extensive interview. The goal is to match a “little” and a “big” that have similar personalities and enjoy doing the same types of activities.

Once a match has been made the littles and bigs will meet at least twice a month. The mentor will typically plan one on one outings with the child although bringing siblings is also a possibility. The Big Brother Big Sister mentoring program also sponsors outings for everyone involved at least once a month.
There are 19 active duty members currently involved in the program and they are well aware of potential deployments or temporary duties. Mr. Bolton just asks that the mentors try and maintain a relationship while away.

“I want to steer them in the right path, in order to be their friend and mentor at the same time. It’s nice to see that growth because I know, as they grow older, I’m a part of their success,” said Airman 1st Class D’aja Underwood, 355th Force Support Squadron.

Anyone looking to become a member can get more information at www.tucsonbigs.org or call Mr. Bolton at (520) 624-2447.

If you are a military parent and are looking for a way to get your children involved you can get more information at www.thepartnership.com or call DeeAnn Arroyo, director of prevention services at (520) 791-2711 ext. 1120




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau)

Davis-Monthan Airman helps Tucsonan

One weather forecaster’s self-aid buddy care training quickly resurfaced when she witnessed a car accident outside the gates of Davis-Monthan. Senior Airman Amanda Boone, 355th Operations Support Squadron weather forecaster, ...
 
 

U.S. Air Force to kick off COOL program

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) — The Community College of the Air Force officially launched the Air Force Credentialing Opportunities On-Line program March 16. Air Force COOL is a pathway for enlisted Airmen to earn industry recognized professional certifications and licenses to enhance their active-duty work and to prepare them as they transition to...
 
 

Military leads the way in equal opportunity

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — What does it take to change a nation? What force has the power to move millions of people in their fundamental views of the world? For Christopher Daniels, a U.S. Air Force colonel, that answer is simple: leadership. In his words, “The true agent of change is true leadership.”...
 

 

Doolittle Tokyo Raiders to receive Congressional Gold Medal

(U.S. Air Force photo) On April 18, 1942, Airmen of the U.S. Army Air Forces, led by Lt. Col. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, carried the Battle of the Pacific to the heart of the Japanese empire with a surprising and daring raid on military targets at Tokyo, Yokohama, Yokosuka, Nagoya, and Kobe. This heroic attack...
 
 

AFAF gives all Airmen a chance to pay it forward

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — It’s Sept. 12, 2005. Senior Airman Dennis Hutchison is recovering from a hard day’s work on the flightline of Robbins Air Force Base, Georgia, when he receives a call that tragedy had struck. “I got a notification from my family that my father had passed away,” Hutchison said. “I immediately contacted...
 
 

Rocketry Club ready to take flight this weekend

TUCSON, Arizona – On March 28 and 29, hundreds of rockets will soar into the Tucson sky at Desert Heat 2015. Rocket enthusiasts from around the Southwest will gather for this annual two-day rocketry event, where there’s no cost to watch, and kids always fly free. The rockets that will be launched vary in size...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin