Thursday, January 19th was Thank Your Mentor Day! In honor of this day, Big Brothers Big Sisters launched a book – with the help of partnering organizations and The Facing Project – Mentoring in Muncie: A Facing Project, to celebrate the local mentors and the impact that they have in the community, and to individuals. At this celebration, the 2017 Big and Little of the Year (see our post on this).

This collection of stories is made up of heartfelt anecdotes told by individuals that have been impacted by their mentors. These individuals, coming from organizations that focus on providing mentors and other services to the youth of Delaware County, have grown to value the impact of mentoring, and feel passionate toward their cause. These organizations are Motivate Our Minds, Boys and Girls Club, Project Leadership, Shafer Leadership, Youth Opportunity Center, and For Girls By Girls.

Our Administrative Assistant, Meranda Herbert-Reich (right), flipping through book with friend at our event on Thursday night. 

Our Administrative Assistant, Meranda Herbert-Reich (right), flipping through book with friend at our event on Thursday night. 

The Facing Project is a non-profit organization that brings awareness to a wide array of topics through storytelling.   These first person accounts are collected in a book to be spread throughout the community; the reading at Muncie Civic also serves as a book launch.  In the book, Mentoring in Muncie, stories of the impact of mentors are told, highlighting their impact to individuals and the community.

The Ball State Speech Team performed each story with so much energy and emotion, which blew the audience away. After the performances, the storytellers and honorees were invited to a reception held to celebrate their work.  All those in attendance received a copy of the book.

Sue Godfrey, the Executive Director of BBBS, stated that “Big Brothers Big Sisters is excited to partner with the Facing Project and other non-profit partners to share stories of overcoming and hope.  It is quite a privilege to be part of such a giving and service-oriented community.  We’re thankful for our volunteer mentors who are the backbone of our work to change lives.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware has a vision for all children to achieve success in life.  BBBS provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.