EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- You don't have to spend much time with Meghan and Kris to see their bond.
"She's Cool," Meghan said.
Meghan just adds another layer of joy to my life she's just fun, " said Kris Newman.
For 11 year old Meghan having Kris in her life offers stability. Meghan who can't live with her parents right now has been in and out of foster care nearly half of her life.
Kris has allowed her to be silly and just be a kid again, " Laura Bauer, Meghan's foster mom said.
Meghan and Kris were matched as 'Big' and 'LIttle' two years ago. .
Big Brothers Big Sisters Match Coordinator Laura Sonday-Zeimis says Meghan's transformation is exactly what they hope for when they match a kid with a mentor.
"Statistically kids at risk tend to go down a bad path really quickly and when you put a positive role model in their life , someone to support them and is always there to encourage them is a very powerful thing," Sonday-Zeimis said.
The program goal is not to change the child but help them see the potential they already have.
"The kids enrolled in our program are typically facing some sort of adversity and that can be a lot of things. We are not trying to come in and change them or make their lives better, just help foster what they already have and help them see that," said Sonday-Zeimis.
"if you take a kids that is potentially troubled statistically and don't give them anything positive to turn into they are going to prove the statistics right. But if you turn them into a mentor then you are changing a piece of society," said Newman.
Kris Newman knows the importance of a role model. She also grew up in the foster care system. But Kris says with out a mentor she struggled.
"Mentoring youth is such a good thing this I know, " said Newman.
Kris and Meghan hang out once a week.
" It makes me really happy that I get to do these things because most kids don't get too," said Meghan.
But along with the games, Kris gives Meghan something she needs most.
"I need someone to talk too," Meghan said.