Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Hats Off

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Hats Off

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Were all familiar with the statistics: Low work force participation, an aging yet declining population and a high juvenile incarceration rate spells trouble for West Virginias kids. But Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central West Virginia is seeking to change that. As the Gazette-Mails Ryan Quinn reported earlier this week, the program is encouraging adults in the area to step up and mentor area kids and teenagers. In addition, executive director Sara McDowell would like to see more local businesses offer jobs or internships and to create a mentoring culture within their organizations.

We want it to be a statewide effort, we want businesses to understand that theyre investing in their future workforce, to make that connection that were not just helping kids be happy kids, she said. These kids grow up to be adults, so lets create job opportunities for them. …

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