Jack County is opening its doors to one organization aimed at matching at-risk kids with positive mentors. Big Brothers Big Sisters is impacting their smallest community ever and they are ready to make a difference. Newschannel 6 went to the Big Brothers Big Sisters office in Jacksboro. We are told they are already making some matches.
Shelby Rhoten, Executive Director with Big Brothers Big Sister tells us their Jacksboro office just opened its doors two weeks ago. They have already made some successful matches. She says the BBBS plans on having 50 matches by the new year.
The community of Jack County is making a difference one child at a time. Rhoten says, "I think big town or small town it's just important for us to reach kids at a young age."
And now the youth of Jack County have one more resource available to them for guidance and motivation. Big Brothers Big Sisters Jack County is already thriving after opening in its smallest community ever. Rhoten comments, "Having a smaller community we know there are a lot of people who were born here, grew up here, and stay here. If we can get kids who get off on the wrong path stay on a good path. With the help of a mentor they can really just change the community."
Rhoten says positive changes is the goal the BBBS plans on providing. She says you can start to see a difference with each individual child right away. "Their more confident, doing better in school, their less likely to get into drugs and alcohol at a young age. Anytime you can benefit a kid and help them out it definitely helps them in their future."
The children are not the only ones who benefit from the program. The participating mentors benefit even more. The BBBS hopes all of Jack County gets involved. BBBS Jack County wants to encourage them to be the change they want to see."
The funding for Big Brothers Big Sisters Jack County came from a generous donation from the Swan Family Foundation and other private donors.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Jack County tells Newschannel 6 they are looking for volunteers to be mentors. They say safety is a top priority so back ground checks is a standard procedure for every volunteer. If you are a parent and want your child to participate in the BBBS you can contact the Jacksboro office at (940) 567-2112.