An organization that pairs central Indiana children with mentors wants to help more Johnson County students.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana has enough mentors to expand the program in Johnson County. But they need to find local students who would benefit from having an adult regularly taking them shopping or to lunch and who care and talk with them about how they’re doing in school, spokeswoman Becky Mueller said.
The program matches 875 children in Hamilton, Marion and Johnson counties with adult mentors. Fifty-five of the students — about 6 percent — are from Johnson County.
Students from Northwood Elementary, North Grove Elementary and Center Grove Elementary schools meet several times a month with their mentors. Most of the students enrolled in the program, funded in part through the United Way, are from single-parent families, though that isn’t a requirement.