GIRARD, OHIO (WYTV) – Big Brothers and Sisters of Mahoning Valley is looking for volunteers.
The mentoring program matches up kids with an adult big brother or sister who end up meeting twice a month. Our station was at an event with Big Brothers and Sisters in December and caught up with a “big” and “little” matched three years ago.
On Wednesday, program coordinator Marguerite Felice said finding big brothers is sometimes difficult.
“We really do need men to be a solid adult role model. There are a lot of families with single-parent moms and they are really looking for that male role model,” Felice said.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters also has a mentoring program for children with an incarcerated parent. There are 56,000 kids in Ohio who have a parent in jail or prison and 3,000 have been matched.
“I think children who have incarcerated parents face some unique challenges. For one thing, there is some issues of abandonment. May be some issues, depending on the age of the child, of not really understanding,” Felice said.
The Girard branch says its has matched 10 kids locally who have an incarcerated parent.
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