POSTED: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 11:28am
UPDATED: Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 7:55am
EL PASO - 98 percent of mentored children have stayed in school and avoided the juvenile system, according to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Beth Senger is the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters here in El Paso. She says statistics like these are why she and her team are fighting to avoid proposed federal budget cuts.
Senger says the proposed budget cuts threaten the success of mentoring programs here in El Paso.
Our community alone could lose over $1.2 million in the funding of Mentoring Children of Prisoners and Big Brothers Big sisters.
Nationally, 43,750 children could potentially lose their mentoring services, 2/3 of whom are Hispanic and African American.