Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters awarded $1 million federal grant

WICHITA, Kansas – Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters has been awarded a big financial boost from the government.

Last week, the organization was granted $1 million from a fund set up by the Department of Labor. The organization plans to use the funds to expand the Positive Pathways program. It is designed to help juvenile offenders between the ages 16-24, prepare for the workforce.

CEO Dan Soliday, told KSN news that the money will go towards several things including hiring more mentors, as well as purchasing ties for participants to wear during interviews

“It’s amazing because all of the funds from the county and the state are getting cut every year to almost nothing,” said Soliday. “Our whole goal is to help provide positive influences on those kids and help them move forward in a positive pathway.”

Bre Fletcher, 18, is one of 160 participants. She credits the organization for helping her after getting arrested for petty theft four months ago.

“It’s helped me a lot,” said Fletcher. “[It] helped be find a job they helped me be graduate they helped me get into college. “

Two years ago the organization was awarded $1.2 million from the Department of Labor to create the program.

If you would like to volunteer as a mentor please visit http://www.kansasbigs.org/site/c.9sKRJ8NNIpI6F/b.8558139/k.77B8/Positive_Pathways_Program.htm

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