One year ago, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee pivoted to virtual operations as a result of the global pandemic. And while that pivot brought with it many new changes and challenges, one thing that stayed the same was our laser focus on youth. Our team quickly, yet effectively went into full creativity and innovation mode to achieve so many incredible things that, through the generosity of our supporters, have enabled us to continue to serve our youth as well as scale the impact of our mentoring programs.
As an organization that builds professionally supported mentoring relationships that typically take place in a face-to-face environment, the pandemic turned our world upside down. When everything needed to move virtually, we knew it was crucial to reimagine what mentoring looks like in this new normal and seek innovative tools to keep kids connected to their mentors.
At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, we have an army of mentors passionate about igniting the potential in youth. We spoke with a few volunteers to learn why they became a Big, why they choose to mentor, and why they think others should mentor too.