January is 'National Mentoring Month'

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- January marks national mentoring month, a time to celebrate the power a positive adult role model can have on children facing adversity. In Eau Claire, since 1972 -- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin has provided one-on-one relationships to influence young lives.

The CEO says, last year approximately 450 kids were matched with big's. Volunteer Andy Sersch says he's been a big for nine years to Isaac. He says he enjoys spending time going to movies, sporting events or out to eat. But says his favorite moments are just getting the chance to hangout and talk.

Andy Sersch says, "It’s a lifelong friendship. He's a tremendous guy. I will always be there for him and he'll always be there for me.

Wesley Escondo, CEO of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin, "These are kids. These are lives that are moving in a more positive direction. They have a big, whether a big brother or big sister. I think it’s tremendous when you think about who these kids are and what they're going to be in our communities and future leaders.

According to the Harris Interactive Survey, 90% of former littles said their relationship with their big helped them make better choices throughout their childhood."

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