Mentoring program coming to Kodiak
Alaska: Big Brothers Big Sisters is making its way to Kodiak, Alaska. The mentoring program is part of a tribal initiative for children at risk. The Sun’aq Tribe made the 2-year grant possible.
Spencer is an Alaska Native/Native American mentoring
director for BBBS of
Spencer is already searching for partners to help keep the program open when the grant expires. “We don’t want it to end. We’re working really hard to making it last,” she said.
The free mentoring program is for every child -- called a "little" -- who wants or needs a mentor. Their mentors are called "bigs."
Children ages 6 - 18 are allowed in the program. Those in 9th grade and older can become mentors themselves.
Mentors would spend an hour a week or 2-4 hours per month mentoring a child.
“It could be reading a book, spending time with them, going to the movie … doing activities and just being themselves,” Spencer said.
Spencer is elated to have Big Brothers Big Sisters in Kodiak. BBBSA programs are very successful. “We have studies that show and prove that our mentoring works,” she said.
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