LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - We are now four months into our Victory Over Violence campaign, and we're already seeing a positive difference with many young people being matched with mentors.
Tonight, we introduce you Martarious Toney -- an 11-year-old who is always there to lend a hand to anyone in need.
From shooting hoops...
"I like to hang out with friends and play basketball."
...to playing foosball.
You'll find Martarious at the Penick Boys and Girls Club having fun and always looking out for others.
"If I see someone get hit with a basketball or fall or cut their knee, if I'm around I'll see if they're okay and need a band-aid if they need to walk it our or need serious help," Martarious said.
Since Martarious was young, he's always been listening for sirens and hoping to help.
"I want to be an emergency medical technician," Martarious said.
It's a career dedicated to serving others.
"I just want to get in there and do my job and save lives," Martarious said.
It will be a few years until Martarious can be an EMT, so in the meantime he's looking for a mentor.
"If you have a helping hand as a child, it really shapes your future and helps you in the real world," Martarious said.
He says every kid needs a mentor to help avoid problems later in life.
"Most people don't get attention they need as a child, so when they grow up they do bad things," Martarious said.
A sixth grader with a big heart...
"I want to be the one who helps those people," Martarious said.
...and a passion to change lives.
If you would like to sign up to be a mentor, click here.
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