Big Brothers Big Sisters in need of male volunteers

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont is facing a shortage of male volunteers. As a result, dozens of boys in the Triad are waiting for mentors.

"On average, we have around 100 and 150 children on our waiting list and the majority are males,” Krista Johnston, vice president of development and partnerships, said.

Chris Young, owner of Flip Force Gymnastics in Kernersville, was part of Big Brothers Big Sisters as a child. He largely credits the nonprofit for connecting him to a career in gymnastics.

"I grew up in the Cleveland projects so the options of going to the left was very possible,” Young said. “I think if I was still in that situation and [Big Brothers Big Sisters] wasn’t a part of that, I would be either locked up or dead right now.”

Young thinks the shortage of male mentors could be related to a fear of making the 12-month commitment to be in a child’s life.

"The younger guys that would need to do this are still trying to figure out their own life,” he said.

"If they were to commit to one of the littles, I think it would help guide them a little bit more."

Johnston says that the organization serves children who are facing adversity. Some situations include children living in poverty and others who have incarcerated parents.

"It's showing them what they can dream about because most of them do not even know what their options are,” said Johnston.

The Central Piedmont chapter serves Guilford County and Randolph County. There are a number of volunteer opportunities outside of serving as a mentor. Visit http://www.bbbscp.org for information.