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Big Brothers Big Sisters Needs Male Mentors

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Children of deployed soldiers, one parent households, or at-risk youth. Just some of the target groups of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Coastal Empire.  

But right now there aren't enough volunteers available to help those kids, or many others.

There are lots of families looking for a mentor, but not enough men volunteering to make a difference.

Right now there are 90 active matches between boys and girls and adults in a four county area.

75% of the kids in the program are boys and 90% are African American.

But there are lots more children looking for a role model.

"They are looking for someone to get close to, someone they can share with and someone they can go out and have fun with," explains John Kendricks.

While many women have signed up to help a girl in need, 155 boys waiting for a match, but only one male mentor without a little brother.

"Being a mentor is simply about doing the things you will normally do on the weekend, and about being a friend," explains John Kendricks, Executive Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Coastal Empire. "We can really make a difference not only in the life of a child, but in our community as well. Because if we can prevent these children from going down the wrong path and getting involved in crime, we can have a safer community."

Big Brothers Big Sisters is putting out the call for male mentors.
The kids are between the ages of 9 and 16.  

Mentors must be at least 18, but there is no age limit.  One current big brother is 75.  

If you don't think you have enough time to help, you are wrong.  

The program only asks that you spend 4 hours a month with a little brother, but most want to spend much more.  

"This is a preventative program, and if we can prevent these kids from getting into the juvenile justice system, we can change their life." says Kendricks. "That means every boy on the list has to wait, sometimes for a year or more.If you would like to put in an application to be a big brother in Chatham, Effingham, Bryan, or Liberty county, just call 912-233-7669.

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