(STATEHOUSE)- State Rep. Randy Borror (R-Fort Wayne) today honored the Big Brothers Big Sisters youth mentoring organization for helping to enrich the lives of more than 7,500 boys and girls in Indiana. Rep. Borror praised Big Brothers Big Sisters during a point of personal privilege on the floor of the House of Representatives.
On hand to receive the honor were representatives from Big Brother Big Sisters of Indiana and several of their little brothers and sisters, who served as legislative pages for the day.
"The Big Brothers Big Sisters program is proven to positively affect the lives of young men and women," Rep. Borror said. "The mentors who donate countless hours of their time to play an active, interested role in the life of a young person are to be commended for their efforts."
Rep. Borror has been a long-time advocate for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana and is a former member of the organization's board of directors.
According to a recent study, little brothers and sisters are 46 percent less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27 percent less likely to begin using alcohol and 52 percent less likely to skip school.
"All young people should have positive and sustained relationships with adults, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters program provides these mentoring relationships to children who may not have them otherwise," Rep. Borror said.
"The children aren't the only people who receive the benefits of the mentoring relationships, either. The mentors are rewarded with the knowledge that they are an important role model in the lives of these young people."
Visit http://www.bbbs.org/ for more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters.