Big Brothers Big Sisters looking for male volunteers

(MGN Online)

SAN ANTONIO -- Male role models wanted. That's the message from Big Brothers and Big Sisters of South Texas who say they're in desperate need of male volunteers.

"A majority of these kids, these boys they come from single mother households. So the moms come to us looking for a male influence," said Fernando Rover, a recruitment manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Rover said there's anywhere from 300 to 800 boys looking for a Big Brother in San Antonio and said many people don't know the time commitment is relatively small - just an hour a month is the minimum.

A Big Brother can have a little brother tag along with whatever it is they are doing for the day.

"Guys go to the gym, guys get their hair cut, they get their cars worked on. Take your little brothers with you. They'll probably need to learn that as they get older," Rover said.

Michael Swan is looking to give back and become a big brother.

"I have had lots of mentors in my life. I think that have really changed me for the better, and I feel that I can fill that role pretty well," Swan said.

Swan is in the minority. Far fewer men than women apply here - leaving hundreds of boys looking for a good male role model.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas has a goal to get 300 new male volunteers by Father's Day.

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