Child of the Week - Allan Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters
Time is valuable, but it can be priceless when a little of that time is spent mentoring a child. Luckily, giving the smallest portion of your time towards an at-risk child can make an everlasting impact.
Meet Allan, a soft-spoken 8-year-old who finds enjoyment in simple things like reading books about sharks, socializing with peers and coloring. Allan never really got to know his father, and could truly benefit from a positive male role model in his life. Allan's past adversity has affected many aspects of his life, but a Big Brother can help guide Allan on a successful path, and help him reach his goal of becoming a police officer and protecting others.
Along with reading and coloring, Allan also has a particular interest in music. His favorite activities include watching TV, playing soccer, running, and watching "Spongebob Squarepants." He doesn't like homework, and gets along well with others. Allan can be very motivated when there is something he is really happy about doing, and he likes playing outdoors just as much as playing indoors.
All it takes is eight hours a month to make a massive difference on a child's life. The impact you make on a child as a "Big" often times transfers over into their adult lives. Watching a child evolve into a caring and successful adult and helping others can be the ultimate reward.
To learn more about becoming a Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Family, or Big Couple, call (928) 778-5135, visit azbigs.org, or 'Friend' us on Facebook.
(Justin Corbell is an Activities and Partnership Promoter with Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters in Prescott.)