Yesterday on the Senate Floor, Senator Ross Romero recognized members of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah in the gallery. Senator Romero commended them for their significant contribution to mentoring in our communities. Senator Romero is an active supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah. The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is “to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with measurable impact.” Big Brothers Big Sisters serves children ages 6-18.
“Bigs” (the adults) and “Littles” (the kids) meet once a week in schools, libraries, and community centers to talk and participate in fun activities. Research has shown these positive relationships to be helpful in many ways. Participating “Littles” are more confident in their schoolwork performance and get along better with their families. They are also less likely to begin using illegal drugs, less likely to begin using alcohol, and less likely to skip school.
Senator Romero answered questions while the group ate lunch in the Multi-purpose Room of the Capitol. One of the “Littles” asked Senator Romero why he decided to become a state senator. He responded to the question by saying, “Well, I have always been involved in serving my community, so becoming a state senator seemed like a great opportunity to further serve my community.”