Friday, October 26, 2007

Become a Mentor and help our youth!

Jackson Park Church is hosting an information session for those interested in mentoring with Big Brothers Big Sisters on Thursday, November 15th at 6pm. Jackson Park is located at 4103 Gallatin Road. Please call 228-3445to let us know you're coming.

Refreshments will be served.

Big Brothers Big Sisters was recently selected as the recipient of a 3 year(151,500/year) grant from the Department of Education to expand our school based mentoring program in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS). This three year project is aimed specifically at serving 4 elementary and 4 middle schools in MNPS that feed into the McGavock, Maplewood and Stratford High Schools. This school cluster represents the highest-need and most at-risk segments of the MNPS.

The 4 elementary schools that we will begin working with immediately are Napier, Dupont, Tom Joy and Inglewood. Big Brothers Big Sisters is in urgent need of volunteers that would consider participating in this program. We ask volunteers to spend 45 minutes to anhour a week, visiting a child at school, being a friend and a positive role model. Many volunteers do this over a lunch hour, just once a week.

Feel free to spread the word and invite friends, family, colleagues and co-workers. There are 265 children in Nashville waiting for a mentor. One hundred eighty-two are boys. Eighty-one reside in East Nashville zip codes.

Please join us to find out more about how you can help. Mentoring is a proven and appropriate intervention for preventing juvenile delinquency. Research demonstrates that Big Brothers Big Sisters mentored youth are 46% less likely to begin using drugs, 27% less likely to beingusing alcohol, 52% less likely to skip school, 37% less likely to skip aclass, and 33% less likely to hit someone as compared to youth who lacked amentor. A 2000 study found that adolescents with mentors were significantly less likely to ever carry a weapon, use illicit drugs in the past 30 days, or have sex with more than one partner in the last six months, compared to adolescents without a mentor.

Jackson Park Church of Christ
4103 Gallatin Road
Thursday, November 15th