Just as most social interactions have changed due to Covid-19, so has the mentoring of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Instead of meeting in person, we are encouraging that Bigs (adult mentors) and Littles (youth mentees) commit to communicating and “hanging out” in ways that promote the safety and health of our Littles, Bigs, as well as their families.
So, what does this look like? While our Matches (Big and Little) can meet for social distance friendly interactions (examples: outdoor activities that maintain social distancing), we encourage virtual hangouts such as playing games, cooking, reading, telling jokes, etc., via Facetime, Zoom, and other platforms. Matches might meet strictly on a virtual basis or a mixture of virtual and in person meetings depending on everyone’s comfort level and governmental mandates.
Are you worried that you do not know how to use the recommended technologies? No worries. The staff of Big Brothers Big Sisters is happy to help get you set up and help out.
Social isolation can be particularly harmful for at-risk youth. Since the stay at home order went into effect, New Mexico has been experiencing higher suicide rates and an increase in deaths from opioid overdoses. Consider being a Big and support a child through this unprecedented time.
To learn more about becoming a Big or donating feel free to reach out to Leticia Bernal, BBBS regional director for Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Counties at (505) 362-4545 or Leticia.firstname.lastname@example.org.