Big Brothers Big Sisters in Marshall County is looking for mentors

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. - Coming up on two years of being established in Marshall County, Big Brothers Big Sisters in this area is in need of mentors.

"Just getting started. Just getting the word out. It is common for the program to start out slow, but getting the word out we hope that there will definitely be more interest in our services," says Alisha Collier, program coordinator.

The program pairs volunteers with children between the ages of five to 15 to serve as caring role models. They focus on commonalities when pairing.

"And we do try to match male children with male volunteers and female children with female volunteers," says Collier. "Currently we have an opportunity at Big Spring Lake Kindergarten in Albertville with a male child."

Programs like these can really help shape the lives of children that need it.

"Children who may be at risk of substance abuse, early parenting, children who live in a single parent household.  They really get that fulfillment of having a role model to look up to.  Someone they could probably model their own lives after."

To become a volunteer of Big Brothers Big Sisters, you must be at least 19 years old, have a valid driver's license, car insurance, undergo an in person interview, as well as a background check.

You can pick up an application from the Albertville office or apply online.