Big Brothers, Sisters Coming to Kodiak

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If you’ve got time to share with a younger person you might want to consider being a big brother or big sister to someone in the community who could use the extra one-on-one time provided by a caring older buddy.

The Big Brother Big Sister program is coming to Kodiak and the public is invited to an open house on Friday to learn more about the youth mentoring program.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska matches kids ages 6 to 16 with adult mentors and supports them with programs for individual pairs, and special events for all the "bigs" and "littles" in town.

Flossie Spencer works closely with bigs and littles in communities across Alaska. She was in Kodiak recently to promote the arrival of the new program.

Spencer says the local program is administered through a grant with the Shun’aq (Shoo-Nak) Tribe of Kodiak, but the program is open to all kids and adults of any cultural background. All you need is an interest in helping kids, or have a child who could use some extra attention from someone who will quickly become a close friend.

Tonight’s open house and complimentary dinner begins at 6 p.m. at the Harbor Convention Center. Admission is free.

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