Bringing Big Brothers Big Sisters
to Wise County
came out of a discussion of the Wise Area Youth Council
, which is co-chaired by Cathi Neal
and Kim Tinkham.
..."We have been looking for programs to bring to Wise County to help the youth," said Neal, who is also the director of the Changing Course Foundation.
Other programs, like the YMCA, were examined, but all had a price tag attached to them, making it more difficult to get something started in Wise County
"Big Brothers Big Sisters
does not cost anything," Neal
After the initial Wise Area Youth council meeting, Neal
, Tinkham and Barham contacted Big Brothers Big Sisters
After the mentors have been recruited, Neal
said, they must go through a training process that will most likely be held in the latter part of July.
After the Bigs have been selected and trained, Neal
said, applications will be accepted for Littles.
When school starts, Neal
said, all of the schools in the area will be notified about Big Brothers Big Sisters