Big Brother Big Sisters to cut ribbon on new mentoring program

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at Oakhurst Elementary School Tuesday, Feb. 10, marking a new school mentoring program.

The program is designed to allow high school students from Yosemite High to mentor children from Oakhurst Elementary School in hopes of providing a positive alternative for children after school.

Big Brothers Big Sisters exists to increase education levels, strengthen families, and increase positive youth development through one to one caring relationships. Since 1969, the agency has successfully served over 10,000 children in the Central Valley.

Local statistics show that of the children matched with a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters, 95% improve in academic performance, 91% are more prepared for school and 100% experience a boost in self-confidence.

The enrichment based program focuses not only on one-on-one mentoring, but also on the academic progress of each elementary school student. The program will act to support the collaboration between Big Brothers Big Sisters and the community of Oakhurst to help find caring mentors for elementary youth.

The ceremony will feature a brief presentation about the program, a ribbon cutting, and the ability to ask questions about this impactful program.

The ribbing cutting ceremony will be held from 4-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Oakhurst Elementary School.

- Staff Report