National mentor month spreads message of education
BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) – A positive role model can make all the difference in a child’s life. This month, a Presidential proclamation is making role models more accessible all over the country.
January is national mentor month, and here in Baton Rouge, the Big Buddy program is focused on letting people know how a mentor can help impact a child’s future. They say children in high poverty neighborhoods, come from broken homes, or are surrounded by crime, are more likely to get involved with bad influences.
The Big Buddy program wants to break the cycle by providing the most basic resource available.
"What's going to help is education,” Gaylynne Mack, Executive Director of the Big Buddy program, said. “And the way that Big Buddy contributes to the community is supporting education through finding mentors, through finding tutors, through spending time with youth, and by having quality after school activities where youth can be engaged in positive things rather than being left to their own devices. "