Kids Anxiously Wait for Mentors to Step Up

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EUGENE, Ore. —  There’s a long waiting list for boys waiting to be matched with a big brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lane County.

Some kids have been waiting more than six months to get the call.

Those of us with siblings and stay at home parents probably take that for granted.

But, there are many who need a mentor.

Many kids sit at home because there’s no one to spend time with them.

Ozzie, a dog,  and 10 -year-old Daevan Wilson are buds.

Unfortunately Ozzie isn’t the best role model and Daevan’s mom can’t always be home with him.

“My mom works a lot and my dad doesn’t live with us,” said Daevan Wilson.

“I leave at 6:00 a.m. and some nights I don’t walk in the door until 7:30 p.m.,” said Candace Barrett, Daevan’s mom.

As Barrett works to put food on the table she wishes a big brother would come soon her son.

“He talk about fishing and swimming, roller skating, and ice skating and he talks about all kinds of things that I think something like that could really benefit him,” Barrett said.

The problem is there’s not enough bigs stepping up to help out their community. Daevan’s patiently watched weeks turn into months.

“Daevan has been bugging me for six months every single month saying, when am I going to get a mentor when am I going to get a mentor,” Barrett said.

So instead, he sits and lets the video games world become his companion.

BBBS says all it takes is a couple of hours a week.

It’s all about spending time, not money.

If you do spend money there are some of the activities that can be reimbursed and the organization gets free passes from businesses all around town.

“I do look for him to get some mentoring at times he is an angry child at times, and I think because he doesn’t have a father in his life, and I think that he needs that male person to talk to,” Barrett said.

We asked Daevan why he thinks he deserves a big brother.

“I am a pretty fun kid, and I am pretty agile,” he said.

Agile, and looking for someone to stretch his fun time to the limits.

To become a big brother or sister, you must go through an application process and screening.

To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters, click here.

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