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Help Big Brother Big Sister of Ithaca and Tompkins County wrap up our celebration of National Mentoring Month by considering becoming a mentor to a young person. We have awesome volunteers doing great work with kids, but we have more women than men mentoring kids in our program and lots of boys on the waiting list.

We want to put the men back in mentoring. Male Mentors we need you! There are three necessary traits a man must have to be a good mentor: consistency, safety, and kindness. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist because you and your kid might just enjoy playing kickball, going to the park, playing with Legos or reading books together. If you can do that while being safe and kind, you might be the mentor we’ve been looking for. Our kids need a supportive adult to spend time with, and along the way you’ll have a great time, too!

There are many local agencies where you can volunteer to mentor youth, such as The Ithaca Youth Bureau, GIAC, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Southside Community Center, The Learning Web, and the list goes on. All of these agencies would love some male volunteers to spend time with Tompkins County’s boys and young men. Please consider mentoring today — contact me for more information.

Joe Gibson
Program Coordinator—One-to-One Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith reports on politics and local news for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached via email at, by cell at (607) 229-0885, or via Google Voice at (518) 650-3639.