Hundreds of mentors needed in northeast Indiana

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry addresses a leadership luncheon held by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana is looking for hundreds of mentors for its program, leaders said at an event Tuesday.

The organization held a leadership luncheon Tuesday afternoon at its West Rudisill Boulevard offices to introduce the new Big Brothers Big Sisters national president, Pam Iorio. Mayor Tom Henry and other community leaders were also in attendance.

Leaders said more than 500 local kids are in need of a mentor, 76 percent of whom are boys. According to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana, kids matched with mentors are more than 50 percent less likely to drop out of or skip school.

“If… you think, ‘I don’t have time to volunteer’, you know what? Usually you do have time,” said Iorio. “If you make the time, what you’re going to find is once you become a big, either a big brother or a big sister, you are going to grow so attached and that relationship is going to be so important to you, you’re going to look forward to your time together.”

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