A shortage of male volunteers needed to support our local mentoring initiatives has young males looking at a 2-3 year wait for a Big Brother.
We currently have 83 young males on a list, waiting to be matched with an adult male mentor. This number is expected to rise well beyond 100 once the 2022-23 school year begins and referrals come in for school-based programs. Since January of this year, we have received a total of 79 volunteer applications and only 9 of these were from male identifying individuals. With only 11% of applicants being male, we are seeing long wait times for Little Brothers who need mentors now.