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Big Brothers / Big Sisters in Lawrence Needs More Mentors; 100+ Children Are Waiting

Roughly 30% of Kansas children grow up in single-parent households.  These kids begin life at a disadvantage.  They tend to grow up poorer than their peers and are more likely to remain poor.  Growing up in a single-parent home can hinder a child's developmental progress.  Big Brothers / Big Sisters is one organization that's trying to change that, by pairing them with a mentor.  Eric Maydew and Tazman Grout work for the Lawrence chapter of Big Brothers / Big Sisters and both have been mentors.   KPR's J. Schafer recently spoke with them about the program... and about the kids who are still waiting for a Big Brother.  

That's Eric Maydew and Tazman Grout, with the Lawrence chapter of Big Brothers / Big Sisters.  To learn more about the program or becoming a mentor for a young girl or boy, visit

Check out Big Brothers / Big Sisters on Facebook.

Production assistance for this interview has been provided by KPR News Intern Taylor Smith, a junior from Salina, studying news and information at the University of Kansas.


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