LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Two local 9-year-olds are looking for mentors.
"Since I'm so small, people just pick on me," says one.
"People were pushing me down, punching me in the stomach and I need someone to stop that," says the other.
Despite the pressures of bullying, Jamari and Tyler are focused on the future.
"Be an artist...be a video game designer," they say.
Every afternoon you'll find them at the Whetstone Boys and Girls Club. That's where they do their homework and also find time to play.
But when they're at school and outside of the club, bullying is a big problem for them.
"I want a mentor so people will stop picking on me," Jamari says.
"I need help with math and homework and sometimes people here mess with me," adds Tyler.
They're both hoping to find mentors who can help guide them by showing them how to deal with bullies and leading them onto a successful path towards the future.
The impact of a mentor is huge. Studies show that kids with mentors are less likely to use drugs and alcohol, plus:
- 55-percent are more likely to enroll in college
- 130-percent are more likely to hold leadership positions
It only takes one hour a week to be a mentor, and you'll make a difference that will last a lifetime.
Earlier this week our mentor coordinator Robert Holt announced we had received a 50th mentor application since kicking off our Victory over Violence campaign.
To become a mentor yourself, click here for an online application.
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