ISHPEMING — With technology and social media becoming more present in the lives of youth, mentors become more desirable in communities such as Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger Counties works with over two-hundred kids from a variety backgrounds. Year-round mentors and children are able to work on projects or activities together forming close bonds and creating great memories.
“Big Brothers Big Sisters is very impactful, the mentoring relationship is very impactful on the issues a lot of kids face today. Twenty-percent of the kids who live in Marquette County live in poverty. Kids face a lot of mental health issues, a lot of them caused by technology and use of phone. They experience a lot of anxiety today and spending time with a mentor and being able to talk about what’s happening in their lives and their relationships can be very helpful,” said Jayne Letts, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger Counties.