Grant to Support Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentors for Minority Youth | News
SOUTH INDIANA — Big Brothers Big Sisters wrapped up January by announcing a $6,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation in support of National Mentorship Month. The donation will be used to support mentors for minority youth in southern Indiana.
“Having a positive role model can make a huge difference in a young person’s life,” said Lisa Huber, Duke Energy’s government and community relations manager for southern Indiana. “It can inspire confidence and academic achievement. We see a great opportunity to have a lasting impact on minority youth.
Emily-Carter Essex, Director of Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, echoes these sentiments: “Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana and Duke Energy are committed to improving the lives of young people in southern Indiana and focus on working on justice, equity, and inclusion.
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The Foundation gives more than $2 million a year in charitable donations to Indiana.
Emily Carter-Essex concluded, “Now more than ever, children in our community need a mentor who can help them make tough decisions and be someone to talk to. We know that one-on-one mentoring has a positive impact on the lives of Littles. 96% of students in our program graduated on time and 89% of youth reported stable or improved mental well-being.
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