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 KansasBigs.org.
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.