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Big Brothers Big Sisters: January is Mentoring Month

SIDEBAR 1: 'Big' Statistics Researchers found that after 18 months of spending time with their Bigs, the Little Brothers and Little Sisters, compared to those children not in our program, were: • 52% less likely to skip school • 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs • 37% less likely to skip a class • 33% less likely to hit someone • 27% less likely to begin using alcohol SIDEBAR 2: Baker recognized for mentoring services Rita Baker of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jasper County was recently recognized for her work in the local youth mentoring program. She received a certificate of appreciation signed by Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. "The State of Iowa hereby acknowledges Rita Baker for helping ensure a brighter future for children and youth across the state by serving as a dedicated mentor with the certified mentoring program Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jasper County," the certificate states.

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