Brittany's Bigs: Encouraging College Education

"At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we are so grateful for our partnership with our local universities. In 2010, we served 933 children and more than half of those children were matched with a college student volunteer," says Big Brothers Big Sisters Public Relations Director, Jamie Beardon.

Michelle Jenks is one of those Big Sisters, volunteering her time to mentor an Abilene girl while studying at Hardin-Simmons University.

"I wanted to help her know what college is. I took her to campus and now she wants to go to college and be a vet. I think educating people about college really will help them," says Jenks.

Beardon says that college students make some of the best Bigs.

"We think that so many students are attracted to our mentoring program because of the flexibility . Students make sure that their grades are a priority, be involved with things on campus, and can also have jobs. They also end up fit in being a big into their schedule," said Beardon.

Jenks believes that other people, not just college students should get involved to help with the non-profit's current waiting list.

"You only do it once a week. It's not too long. They love it and enjoy it so much," added Jenks.

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