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Big Buddy's 17th Annual Day of the Mentor

Posted By Kristi LaMattery, Big Buddy Program, Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Big Buddy Program will host the 17th Annual Day of the Mentor, Friday, October 23, 2015 from 8:00am to 2:00pm @ Cortana Mall (Entrance 2, behind the Mall).


With lead sponsor ExxonMobil, Big Buddy is excited to present this rewarding event which matches individuals in the community with children who would benefit from establishing a relationship with a caring adult role model.  The day begins with breakfast, followed by a visit to the Mentor’s workplace, and concludes with an inspiring luncheon.  This year’s theme is “Unlock Potential”  According to Big Buddy Executive Director Gaylynne Mack, “Mentoring is the single most effect way to have an impact on the life of a child.  In the long run, mentoring is the fiscally responsible course of action. The cost of $1,500 per year to provide one youth with a caring adult role model equipped with the capacity, gained through training and support, to guide the youth successfully through the decision making process and through the transition of adolescence to adulthood is a mere drop in the bucket compared to the $88,000 per year it costs to incarcerate one juvenile.”


8:00 am           Mentors arrive for sign-in, packet pick-up and opening program

9:00 am            Mentees arrive and meet Mentors at breakfast

9:00-12:00 pm  Mentor workplace visit

12:00-1:30 pm  Pairs attend Day of the Mentor luncheon

1:30 pm            Mentors receive commitment cards and special recognition. Mentees say goodbye

1:30 – 2pm       Program wrap-up.  17th Annual Day of the Mentor comes to an end.



The Day of the Mentor was established in 1998 to bring heightened awareness to the service of mentoring and to motivate members of our community to get involved and make a difference in the life of a child.  Through this event, many in the community have stepped forward to make a commitment to share their wisdom and experience with a child in need.  Past Day of the Mentor participants have included Mayor Kip Holden, Southern Baseball Coach Roger Cador, EBR Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, State Senator Sharon Weston Broome, NFL players Barkevious Mingo, Odell Beckham, Jr., Zach Mettenburger, and Jarvis Lanrdy, athletes from both LSU and Southern AND local businesses such as ExxonMobil, The Shaw Group, Cox Communications, Chase Bank, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, The U.S. Army, Baton Rouge Coca-Cola, the LSU Champs program, and more.


The Big Buddy Program is a local non-profit (501(c)(3))youth services agency that provides positive role models and quality learning experiences to over 750 disadvantaged youth weekly.  For over 30 years the Big Buddy Program has provided children and youth with positive adult role models through the Big Buddy/Little Buddy mentoring programs; character education and leadership sessions; after school programs, holiday camps and summer enrichment programs; teen programs, and literacy skills.


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For more information call the Big Buddy Program at 225-388-9737, email or click here.

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