Thursday, December 30, 2010

Mentoring Children of Prisoners: Mentor, role model, friend

Star Tribune (St. Paul, MN) December 29, 2010

"A special category of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program aims to interrupt a cycle of incarceration by pairing adult mentors with children of prisoners - a demographic that can be 'invisible' to the system.
Troy Allen, a tall man with a deep, booming voice, playfully nudged the curly-haired boy next to him.
'You know what that means, don't ya?' he said, motioning at the photographer shooting pictures of them as they munched on loose-meat sandwiches at Uncle Franky's in northeast Minneapolis. 'You've gotta chew with your mouth shut.'
Eleven-year-old Luke flashed a wide grin at Allen, 47, the boy's friend and mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Twin Cities." Read More

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