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Big Brothers Big Sisters Looking For Male Volunteers

by Joseph Galli Wednesday, April 4th 2018

SAN ANTONIO -- Male role models wanted. That's the message from Big Brothers and Big Sisters of South Texas who say they're in desperate need of male volunteers.

"A majority of these kids, these boys they come from single mother households. So the moms come to us looking for a male influence," said Fernando Rover, a recruitment manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters. 

Rover said there's anywhere from 300 to 800 boys looking for a Big Brother in San Antonio and said many people don't know the time commitment is relatively small - just an hour a month is the minimum.

Please click on the image above to see the full report (and Fernando's great interview as it was broadcast on WOAI)


Nonprofit looks to close the lack of men among volunteers


By Denise Barkhurst  – President and Chief Executive Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas
Apr 2, 2018


When it comes to volunteering, women are running circles around men. This volunteer gender gap is apparent at Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas.
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is a 120-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to providing one-to-one mentors for at-risk youth. It recruits and supports thousands of volunteers every year that meet regularly with school-aged kids in the community, in schools and in the volunteer’s workplace. However, the gender volunteer gap continuously hinders organizational recruitment efforts to bring in more men. 

BBBS started out as just Big Brothers, an organization where single-parent moms could find positive male role models for their sons. Over time, Big Sisters was added to provide girls with role models, too. Soon, “cross gender matching” began in response to the volunteer gender gap. 

Most youth referred to the BBBS program are boys – nearly 70 percent, but only about 30 percent of the volunteers who apply are men. To more effectively utilize an overabundance of female volunteers and to serve more boys, the organization started matching Big Sisters with Little Brothers. 

There are some wonderful cross-gender mentoring relationships. I’m a Big Sister and I had a Little Brother. We had such good times together and made lots of great memories over 10 years. But boys need men as role models too, especially as they grow older. When my Little Brother became a teenager, there were many times I thought he could really use a Big Brother. It is important to have someone who looks like you to look up to and emulate. 

Please click here to read the entire SA Biz Journal article.


Big Brothers & Big Sisters of South Texas recruiting for 300 Men campaign.

SAN ANTONIO- Armen Babajanian, Chief Operations Officer of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of South Texas, discussed the organization’s campaign to recruit 300 men by Father’s Day 2018.

He talked about the process to become a Big Brother, including outcomes of Big Brothers paired with Little Brothers. He also explained how the viewer can help the organization.

From New Year’s Day to Father’s Day this year, the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of South Texas will be having their #300men by Father’s Day campaign.

Please click on the image above to view the story and see our COO Armen Babajanian's interview as it appeared on KABB! 

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