The dream lives on in the hands of thousands of volunteers across the metro today, but the need for community help, especially role models for kids, exists every day of the year.
Kids Can Community Center launched a mentoring program for their participants last year. Their initial goal was to get 20 mentors signed up to spend one hour a week one-on-one with a child at the center. So far only 10 mentors have stepped up.
Finding adults who are willing to become a positive influence for a child is essential in creating a healthy community. The center's Chief Operating Officer Terri Lewis tells WOWT, "We do work with at-risk youth here at our facility so a lot of our kids don't have a positive relationship, at least not all the time. Some don't have them at all."
Lewis says the mentoring program is very popular, particularly among parents. She says they've noticed a difference in their own children since mentors stepped in, and many other families are eager to connect their child with a caring adult. "It sends a very positive message to our kids and hopefully they will carry that on in their lives."