As adults and parents, when we consider how to make an impact on a child’s life we’re typically either thinking of our own children or close family members and friends. I know I do. But it’s not only those that are closest to us that matter- we all have to collectively support our youth as they are our adult society in just a few years. Have you started a 2013 resolutions list yet? I don’t want to create a list. This year I simply want to create five ‘achievable’ goals and get them DONE. How about volunteering? If it’s not among your goals then it should be. If you’re a Los Tween’s reader- then kids matter to you. All kids should matter to us in some way and we can make a difference if we commit to doing so.
Latino and multicultural communities in general need our help. As a community we know all too well the variety of challenges Latino youth are facing. How about becoming a ‘Big’ volunteer in 2013? Latino Bigs share a common culture with Latino Littles who are in need of a little attention from a caring mentor.
The beauty of Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers is that they come from all walks of life. They don’t need special training or a degree to positively influence a child. Everyone has the ability to make a big impact in a child’s life.
Check out this fun video of ‘matches’- a Big helping a little in simple but profound ways:
During this special time of year take the time to think how can I impact a child’s life in 2013? Be sure to visit www.latinobigs.org or www.bigbrothersbigsisters.org for more information about volunteering as a ‘Big.’ And if the commitment is just not for you right now, be sure and help the organization achieve it’s goals by donating at least $5 or more. Have fun seeing the great Bigs/Littles stories on Facebook and donate today. I know that ‘juntos podemos’ – together we can help raise kids who stay in school, are much more confident and who focus on education and a positive life outlook.
Happy & Health 2013 to all!
This is part of a supported campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Absolutely all opinions expressed are my own.
As a mother of twin tweens in 2011 and an active Girl Scout Troop leader, Cristy realized there was a need to develop bilingual digital content and foster a community facing the challenges of raising kids after first grade. That year she founded and remains co-Publisher of Los Tweens & Teens, to support multicultural parents and mentors with content related to raising Gen Z- tweens & teens ages 7-18. Through the Los Tweens & Teens LIVE events such as Teens & Me – the growing team aims to provide our community with essential resources from chats with therapists to battle anxiety and bullying, to understanding social media and technology.
A New Jersey native of Cuban decent, Cristy is a board member of Amigos For Kids – a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse in the South Florida community. She is a teenage cancer survivor and speaks nationally at conferences and volunteers with cancer-awareness organizations such as St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Florida.