Volunteer mentor Tyler Carr (Back) has been partnered with four local boys as part of the new newly launched Big Bunch, an initiative of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley introduced its new Big Bunch program to the Mission area last weekend to assist a growing need. “The purpose of the Big Bunch program is to address the needs of the boys on our wait list for a Big Brother, who can typically wait years for a mentor to come along,” said mentoring coordinator Cassie Silva. This six-month Big Bunch pilot program is partially funded by Mission Community Foundation and will partner four local boys with volunteer mentor Tyler Carr. Carr is the director of local organization Empowered Living Services, whose vision is to provide skill development, community inclusion, employment and goal setting services for all ages and abilities. “I am as busy as the next guy,” Carr said, “but when I learned of the growing need in the Mission community for male mentors I decided I needed up to step up and do my part to give back.” There are currently eight boys and girls on the Mission wait list and some have been waiting over two years. Carr encourages other Mission residents to get involved and step up like he did to make a difference in the life of a boy or girl seeking another healthy adult role model. For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley, visit mentoringworks.ca or call 604-820-3337.