Mentoring Inquiries Surge After Baltimore Riots

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/02/mentoring-baltimore-big-brothers-big-sisters_n_7193072.html

More than 300 inquiries about mentoring young people have poured into Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chesapeake, the branch of the nonprofit serving the city, from adults interested in working with one of the 600-plus kids on the local waiting list, according to a press release. That compares with 641 inquiries received from Baltimore in all of 2014…

Big Brothers Big Sisters said research shows that after 18 months of mentoring, little brothers and little sisters were 46 percent less likely to use illegal drugs, 27 percent less likely to begin using alcohol, 52 percent less likely to skip school and 33 percent less likely to hit someone than children not in the program, according to the organization’s press release…

It’s very important for kids to have face time with the adults in their life.  For disabled people like me, it would be difficult to be a mentor — but that doesn’t mean I can’t mentor a young person on the internet (whether they want me to, or not). 🙂

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