To the editor:
I write to express my gratitude
to United Way of Putnam County, and to the entire community, for your
support of Big Brothers Big Sisters and our 1-to-1 mentoring programs.
Thanks to you:
We match kids who have incarcerated parents.
We match kids who are involved in the juvenile justice system. We want to turn them around now!
serve more schools and serve them better. This year, high school
mentors will be mentoring elementary students at Fort Jennings, Ottawa
Elementary, Ottoville and Pandora-Gilboa.
We are making plans to
bring the law enforcement community and students together in “Badges for
Baseball,” a program where officers and kids learn and play together
and break down barriers.
With United Way support- since 1982 – Big
Brothers Big Sisters has transformed the lives of hundreds of Putnam
County youth. The most recent data based on teacher surveys in our
school-based programs disclosed:
82 percent showed improvement in self-confidence
71 percent had a better attitude toward school
54 percent demonstrated academic improvement
64 percent got along better with their classmates
80 percent gained a sense of belonging to their schools
teachers also write comments about the students (such as: “She needs to
have positive relationships with others. Her mentor was very
encouraging and gave her someone to talk to about her life”) and I wish
there was sufficient space to share those thoughts. Suffice it to say,
without you none of this would be possible.
And so I thank you
again for your generous support of United Way of Putnam County.
Together, we will continue to change lives and build a stronger
John B. Neville
Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ottawa