Little Rock Teen's Mentor Match Success Story

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - We continue to seek mentors in our Victory over Violence campaign.

The need for male role models is at an all-time high.

For kids who do have a mentor, it's making a huge difference.

Brayden Baldy, 13, has been matched with mentor John Bergin for almost a year.

"It's really changed his life," says Brayden's mother Crystal Baldy.

Brayden and John like to build computers and rock climb. Their latest venture? "We got parts for a treehouse. We're starting to build it," Brayden says.

From design to construction, this duo will spend the summer working on their project. Being matched with John has not only changed Brayden's life, it's been a game changer for Brayden's mother.

"I'm a single parent, so it gives me that extra support. He can show him what it's like to be a man and gives him someone to go to with problems he doesn't want to come to me with," she explains.

It's making a difference for everyone involved.

"It's extremely rewarding. You have the feeling of giving of yourself to someone and knowing that you're really helping them as well as it does a lot for you," adds John Bergin.

Almost 100 Arkansans have signed up to be a mentor. You can join them by signing up here

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