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Big Brothers Big Sisters Partners With Child Advocacy Center

Middle Tennessee mentoring organization studies show young people with a mentor make better decisions regarding substance abuse

[MURFREESBORO, TN], Nov. 7 2018 – The impact of substance abuse on children, particularly opioid abuse, is of critical importance to most Tennesseans.  Children facing this reality, as well as many other indicators of adverse childhood experiences, are more likely to struggle in school, have challenges with adult interactions, and make bad decisions that lead to further difficulties down the road.

When a young person has a mentor in their lives, however, the future is much brighter.  Of the 1,283 children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee last year, 87% showed improvements in their attitudes towards risky behaviors such as alcohol and drug usage, smoking, or skipping school.  In addition 85% realized positive strides in their educational expectations, and 92% experienced positive improvements in their parental trust.

These young people who have that additional positive adult role model are empowered to reach their full potential in life, simply because of a mentor who stood in their corner.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee is proud to partner with The Child Advocacy Center of Rutherford County as part of their “19 Days of Activism” campaign to increase awareness of substance abuse issues in young people.

Anyone wishing to join the movement and empower a young person in Rutherford County as a mentor, visit mentorakid.org or call (615) 890-8868, extension 11.