Berks-Bred Big Brother Leads by Example

January 9, 2014 – In The News
Reading Eagle

Seth Corbin was featured in the Reading Eagle article "Berks-Bred Big Brother Leads by Example." While the full text can be found in the January 9, 2014, issue of Reading Eagle, a synopsis is noted below.

Since 2006, Seth Corbin has served as a Big Brother to a young man named Nick, who was 8 years old when he met Corbin and is now 15.

“I’ve gained a young person I consider a friend and an additional family member,” said Corbin.

Corbin’s continued devotion to helping others has led to his recent election as president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, which serves 1,200 young people between the ages of 8 and 18.

“The biggest need of the agency is for male volunteers,” Corbin said. “It’s a constant struggle to find enough male volunteers and mentors to be paired with young people.”

“I guess the greatest point of resistance is that people may not feel comfortable making an enormous time commitment,” he said.

But Corbin says that doesn’t have to be the case.

“With being a mentor, you incorporate what you would do normally with the young person, whether it involves sports, board games, cooking, fishing or walking in the park,” he said.

“Just being a male role model is important,” said Corbin.

“Developing a relationship with a child is a process, and it doesn’t always click from the word go, but it can be so rewarding and a wonderful way to give back,” Corbin said.