Big Brothers and Big Sisters can make a Big difference for children. But, the Twin Tiers chapter needs more volunteers to support the area's youth. YNN's Katie Husband speaks with one woman about the impact she's had, helping kids in need.
CORNING, N.Y. -- Patti Redder has had four Little's in seven years. And, she does it because she has asked herself this one question.
"Wouldn't you like to have one person focus on you for an hour a week who just gives you encouragement and friendship," asked Patti Redder, Big Sister.
But being 'Big' in a young one's life, certainly takes patience.
"It takes time. You're building a relationship. This is a child who you don't know they don't know you. So, at first I think you have to really learn to be patient," said Redder.
Once you get past the beginning stages, you can see the benefits.
"That consistency of you showing up every week when you say you're going to be there, they quickly grow to trust you, they really do," noted Redder.
Within one year of working with a Little, experts said they become well-rounded individuals. The improvements can be seen in all aspects of their lives.
"Are much less likely to use drugs and alcohol than those who don't. They're less likely to skip a day of school, their grades improve, their ability to get along with peers and make positive friendships with other children," explained Robin Foster, executive director Family Service Society.
Making a difference in the lives of young individuals is what the Bigs are there for.
"I hope I made a difference, I gained a little friend," said Redder.
If you would like information on how to volunteer you can head to www.bigsforlittles.org.