View Full Version : Mentoring Organization Gets $435K Check

10-07-2004, 07:23 PM

Jackson 10/07/04

Nearly 60,000 Mississippi children have at least one parent in jail or prison. Now a local mentoring organization will reach out to those kids with positive role models.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mississippi got a $435,000 check Thursday from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. The money will be used to recruit volunteer mentors across the state, especially from church congregations, to help youngsters with an incarcerated parent.

The check was presented by Bude, Mississippi, native Regina Schofield, who's now director of intergovernmental affairs for DHHS in Washington, D.C.

"I have...done a fair amount of mentoring and been mentored throughout my adulthood and really wanted to be able to highlight such a program that I know the President and Secretary (Tommy) Thompson feel very strongly about."

Big Brothers Big Sisters is always looking for new mentors. If you'd like to volunteer, call the local office at (601) 961-9286.