Mission: Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

Website: http://www.bbbsia.org/

January is National Mentoring Month—a campaign held each year to promote youth mentoring in the United States. At a time when research shows that loneliness and isolation are at an all-time high, it’s important that children and young adults have the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with compassionate role models.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa (BBBSCI) help youth build these connections by creating one-to-one mentoring matches between youth (Littles) ages 5-15 with adult mentors (Bigs). BBBSCI strategically pairs “Littles” and “Bigs” based on personality, interests, and needs of the child. BBBSCI works to ensure each child in its program achieves higher aspirations, greater confidence, and educational success. BBBSCI is that expanded village needed to help people succeed.

Principal Charity Classic Birdies For Charity matching funds allow BBBSCI to match 50 new “Littles” with a “Big” who will support them for an entire year. Joe Pitts of Urbandale, IA shares what becoming a BBBSCI mentor has meant to him in the feature below:

Joe Pitts is a long-time Big who was recently matched with an 11-year-old named Isaac. Isaac’s mom enrolled him into the BBBSCI program
hoping that Isaac would gain confidence and improve his coping skills. Joe and Isaac shared similar interests, so they made a perfect
match.

Over the course of Joe and Isaac’s mentoring relationship, Isaac’s communication skills, self-confidence, and love for learning grew
tremendously. “With each meeting and time spent together, it’s refreshing to see Isaac not only excel but just be a happy kid,” shared
Joe. “I feel blessed to have this opportunity and friendship with Isaac. It reinforces that I am doing a good thing!”

Birdies For Charity matching funds help children like Isaac tap into their true potential and gain the confidence they need to succeed in school and life. If you are interested in becoming a Big or enrolling a Little, visit http://www.bbbsia.org/.