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Mentors who make a difference

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Many children in our community found mentors this year through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County.

It's momentum the organization wants to continue in the new year.

CEO Dora Zuniga says, "There's a lot of misperceptions around being a big. 'Is it the right time? when will I be stable? I don't have enough time. I'm not a parent.' We really want to de-mystify that the process is not as complicated as one makes it out to be."

It's easy to become a big and there are many children in our community who still need one.

"Children need the loving support of a mentor, someone outside of their family, to be a role model to be a guide and not just for a day or two," says Zuniga.

Right now, at least 600 children are on a waiting list to find that special bond.

The program says they're always looking for mentors.

Right now they need more male role models.

Zuniga says, "We ask for a two year commitment, but we would like you to be matched with this person for 10 years."

Big Brothers Big Sisters says fixing the achievement gap, supporting low-income families and encouraging kids to reach their full potential, academically and socially, remain top priorities for the new year.

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