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The local Big Brothers Big Sisters is in need of mentors for their school-based programs this fall.

Prior to the beginning of the school year is the most appropriate time to enroll as a mentor. Eric Batsie, Community Partnership Manager with Big Brother Big Sisters of Champaign County, explains the process takes 6-7 weeks to get approved. He says child safety is their number one priority, which is why the screening process takes so long.

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Several factors are considered when matching a big brother or little brother with a mentor. According to Batsie, mentors and kids are matched through similar interests, age preferences among mentors, and availability.

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Another question asked of mentors are things they may not comfortable with. Batsie explains Big Brothers, Big Sisters want mentors to be able to comfortably deal with challenges a young person may be experiencing, whether at home or at school.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters is always looking for mentors to step up, Batsie mentions Big Brother Big Sisters is in special need of mentors for young boys.

Anyone is interested in being a mentor can call their Clinton office at 935-1234.

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