We all look for a way to leave an impact on the lives of those around us and, for our own personal satisfaction, we like to see that our knowledge and experience in this world will somehow be passed along to others. Let's face it, a life time of acquired skill and knowledge ought to be passed along, it's part of the human experience. We are also bombarded with way's to do that in today's day and age. It seems that everywhere you turn. There is a never ending list of chances to be involved in what's important to you, and your community but there are some "golden standards" that have not only built a proven track record of success, they have also gone on to serve generations of people both here on the Lakeshore and all over the country. One of the biggest is Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Nationally, Big Brothers and Big Sisters has been making the lives of young people, and quite honestly, the lives of adults better by pairing up "Bigs and Littles" as matches for one simple purpose, from their national website - "Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is incredible potential. As the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 5 through young adulthood in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people." It's not a heavy financial commitment, it's not trying to be better than the "guy down the street" or anything else. It's about presence. It's about being there for a young person who might not have that positive role model in their lives and they need someone to hang out with, bounce some things off once in a while and generally, get some stable guidance in the game of life. For those who take on a Little Brother or Sister, the payoff comes in knowing that their gift of being there gave someone a chance to know things are ok. From anyone I have ever spoken to who's participated, the rewards for the "big" are quite often more than they ever imagined, and the enrichment of their lives is more than any money could buy.
On the Lakeshore, BBBS is celebrating it's 50th Anniversary this year!! Quite a milestone! And, as it works out, they have 50 kids who are waiting to find their match. They are on the hunt for some people who are willing to spend a little time with a young person, be their guiding hand a little and to be willing to help set a path for their future that will be positive and productive. A way to leave your mark on this world, yes...for generations to come just by being there. There are a LOT of activities planned, there are a LOT of opportunities for your to get to know more about BBBS of the Lakeshore and we began by visiting their party at the Lakeshore Fab Lab located at the Muskegon Community College campus in Downtown Muskegon.
We talk first with Suzanne Prell and her little, Shelly Morningstar is a big and, she brings her BFF along, and finally, we'll hear from Lisa Hegenbart who's the Executive Director of the BBBS of The Lakeshore about all of it. Take a listen!
It's not about how much you can spend, or who's got the coolest this that or the other thing. BBBS is about making a connection you never even knew you needed. It's about finding that match that will forever change the lives of 2 people. It's a little about giving of yourself and finding in return that what you gave, came back 10 fold because you made the difference in a young persons life. If you'd like to know more about BBBS of the Lakeshore please, click on the image below to visit their website and think about taking that first step.