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Big Brothers Big Sisters Focuses on Military Families

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A grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has enabled Big Brothers Big Sisters to start or expand military mentoring programs throughout the country including here in our area. 

John Kendricks, with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Coastal Empire, says the need for the program was bolstered by a Pentagon study that showed many military spouses felt they needed more support.   "As a military child, they see their parents go off to deployment without knowing if they are going to come back.  And then there's the stress of moving from place to place, having to start over, make new friends things of this nature that really causes a big stress on our military children," says Kendricks.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Military Mentoring program supports children in military families and engages active duty, reserve or retired/separated military personnel, as well as civilians as volunteer mentors. Staff carefully match adult mentors and youth mentees in long-term, one-to-one friendships and provide professional support for the volunteers, children and families throughout the life of the match.

There is a special need for male mentors in our area.  If you can help in any way, give Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Coastal Empire a call at 912-233-7669.  You can also look them up online by clicking on the following link:

http://www.bbbscoastalempire.org/

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