Adults 18 and over to mentor children with a parent in prison under Big Brothers Big Sisters Amachi Ohio program.
The focus of Amachi Ohio is providing positive role models for children 6-15 who have an incarcerated parent.
Amachi is a Nigerian Ibo word meaning “who knows what God has brought us through this child.”
There is real data, said Brian Higgins, director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mahoning Valley in Girard, proving that children with positive role models in their lives use drugs less, are truant less, get better grades in school, get in fewer fights with peers, and have better self esteem.
“We need both mentors (known as ‘Bigs’) and children (known as ‘Littles’) for the Amachi Ohio program and Big Brothers Big Sisters overall,” Higgins said.
Noelle Hannon, 23, of Poland is one of Amachi Ohio’s newest mentors, starting in September 2013. Her first Little is a 7-year-old girl she described as a “firecracker.”
“I really enjoy her. She is so sweet and energetic and big on sharing. She is very loving and I get hugs from her and all her family,” said Program in Youngstown, working with a speech pathologist there.
Hannon said she became a Big Sister because she wants to make an impact on a child.
For information about the Amachi Ohio program or to volunteer, call Girard Big Brothers Big Sisters office at 330-545-0002 or 866-892-2447 or visit www.amachiohio.org.
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