Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada launched the Bigs in Schools mentoring program at Carson Valley and Pau-Wa-Lu middle schools.
Volunteer mentors will be matched with children who need and want a Big Brother or Big Sister to meet at school once a week at lunch time or after school for an hour.
Children with mentors show improved attitudes and school performance, resistance to early use of drugs and alcohol and improved relationships with family members, peers and teachers.
Adults and high school students could be Big Brother and Big Sister candidates. Information, www.bbbsnn.org or (775) 283-0606.