With single-parent households becoming the norm for today's society, there's often a void left for the children in those types of families, when compared to children who are raised with both parents in the home.

This is where the Pontotoc County Big Brothers Big Sisters program steps in and offers its assistance to help fill that void.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters program originated in 1904 and is the oldest youth mentoring organization operating in the United States today.

According to its website, in 2004, BBBS helped approximately 225,000 youths ages five through 18 in 5,000 communities across the country. Public/Private Ventures research has shown that, as a result of their mentoring, Little Brothers and Little Sisters participants are 46 percent less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27 percent less likely to begin using alcohol and 52 percent less likely to skip school.

Jillian Faulkner, Case Manager for the BBBS of Pontotoc County, said participating in the program is a positive experience.

"It's positive because the people who mentor and that have gained something in their lives are trying to put back into the lives of the children," she said. "That's important because they are the future."

Considering children are the future of this country, the Big Brothers Big Sisters program is a positive program that benefits everyone.

While it may seem like nothing to an adult to spend an hour with a child, that one hour may just make all the difference in the world to a young boy or girl.

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