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March 26, 2008

Albany--  A South Georgia non-profit organization is looking for a few good men to mentor a growing list of boys looking for guidance.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of South Georgia pairs kids with adults in an effort to build one-on-one mentor relationships. The organization immediately pairs young girls with women but there aren't enough men applying to be Big Brothers.

Right now, 23 boys are waiting for mentors. Because of the shortage, Big Sister Mia Francois has both a little sister and a little brother she spends time with. She doesn't mind it but she says her little brother needs a male role model.  

"I can only teach him so much as an individual but there are some things that a man has to experience from another man," said Francois.

"Children never forget so children are going to always remember that positive person that has been in their lives," said Program Manager Veronica Staten.

Being a Big Brother or Sister just requires spending time with kids in their home or by taking them out to something like a ballgame. To volunteer, call 229-883-8105 or visit www.southgabbbs.org.

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