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Big Sister Julia Parks volunteers in the Friday Night Live program with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County. Truckee High School students such as Julia meet once a week with Alder Creek Middle School students in a program designed to help prepare the middle school students for high school, and keep them off drugs and alchohol.
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Julia has been a Big Sister in the Friday Night Live mentoring program ” which matches Truckee High students with Alder Creek Middle School students for group activities and one-on-one mentoring once a week ” since the program’s inception last year. She will be volunteering for her third session in mid-February.

“I love kids and I want to make a difference in someone else’s life,” the recent Truckee High graduate said when asked about her participation in the program. “Watching the kids grow from last year to this year has been awesome.”

The benefits of the program go both ways, as Julia admits she has learned patience from working with her Little. And the difference the mentors make can be dramatic.

“It’s time consuming, but it’s a good thing overall. It’s hard to take that time, but it’s good to take that time.”

” The Friday Night Live program offers Truckee High School students the opportunity to mentor Alder Creek Middle School students in an after-school program each Thursday. The Big Brothers and Big Sisters learn about community service and help guide their Littles through a difficult time in their lives. Littles get to learn from students who have gone through the same things they are, and delve into a curriculum of drug, alcohol and tobacco prevention.

Thanks to a large grant received from the S.H. Cowell Foundation in 2008, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County was able to expand its service area to provide mentoring for children and youth in the Truckee and Kings Beach region.

In just one year, the program opened an office in Truckee, hired a wonderful Program Manager, Peggy Martin, and assistant, Dana Seaborg, and translated all its materials into Spanish. In addition, two new board members ” Paul Raymore and Colleen Munson Kelly ” were recruited to represent the Tahoe-Truckee region on the board of directors.

With everyone’s tireless work, the agency had a very successful year with its expansion efforts. In fact, as of the end of 2008, the organization has made 41 Big and Little matches in the Tahoe-Truckee region.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County (BBBSNC) has 12 children on the Tahoe-Truckee waiting list who need a caring mentor in their lives. Mentors commit about an hour a week with their little brother or sister ” an experience often as rewarding for the mentor as the youth. Mentors have to pass a simple background check and must be willing to make a difference in a child’s life. For more information, or if you are interested, please contact Peggy Martin at (530) 587-7717, or e-mail peggy@bigsofnc.org. For more information, please see http://www.bigsofnc.org.

If you or someone you know would be interested in supporting our programs in this new region by becoming a Big, participating on our Board of Directors, serving on our Truckee-Tahoe Fundraising Committee, or making a financial contribution, have them contact Dena at (530) 273-2227 or director@bigsofnc.org. For more information, please see http://www.bigsofnc.org.

Are you a Facebook addict? Join the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County cause on Facebook and get program updates and show your support in the Tahoe-Truckee area. Go to http://apps.facebook.com/causes/ and search for “Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County.”

With the current economic downturn, we need to be creative in how we raise funding for our mentoring programs. Unfortunately, when economic times are tough, the kids who need mentoring are the hardest hit. We do what we can as an agency to continue to provide this much-needed service to them. We know purse strings and wallets need to be tightened for many of you, so we wanted to let you know of several ways you can support mentoring by doing what you already enjoy doing ” traveling ” without having to donate anything extra!

Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts have partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America so every time someone books a hotel through an agency’s website or special link, 9 percent of the hotel booking will be donated to that agency. If you make a reservation at a Holiday Inn hotel now through our website or by clicking on the “book now” button on http://www.bigsofnc.org/Donations.asp, 9 percent of the proceeds will go directly to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County, keeping it local!

Of course, if you don’t feel the pinch as much as the next person, we welcome your donations, too. Click here to make a donation online through our Web site, http://www.bigsofnc.org. Or you can mail your donation to:

BBBS of Nevada County, P.O. Box 1362, Grass Valley, CA 95945


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