The Value of Mentoring Programs Sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters
Throughout his successful career in finance, Steve McLaughlin has maintained a strong dedication to community service and charitable giving. Besides serving as Managing Partner of FT Partners in San Francisco, Steve McLaughlin supports a number of prominent local and national nonprofit groups, including Big Brothers Big Sisters. A leading youth mentoring organization with branches across the United States and around the world, Big Brothers Big Sisters allows adult volunteers to reach out to local children and teens and make a significant difference in their lives.
After providing references and undergoing a background check and interview process, adult volunteers can become a Big Brother or Big Sister and pair with a child in the community. Volunteers are able to decide how they spend their time with their Little Brother or Sister. Even activities as simple as playing catch or going to a museum can have a tremendous impact on the life of a young person with few positive role models in his or her life. The time together allows the child the chance to receive advice, encouragement, and support. However, mentoring also nourishes the mentor, as any Big Sister or Brother will attest. Many have noted, “I get back so much more than I give.”