Two events coming to the Northwoods next month are fundraisers to help youth in the region grow to their potential.
Mary Kinnunen is a spokesperson for Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin, serving Oneida, Vilas, Price and Taylor counties. The group is considered a national leader in mentoring youth. Through the group, adults meet with young people about an hour a week either in public community setting or at the student's school. They hope to set higher goals for the matches and have young people avoid risky behaviors.
Kinnunen says Bowl For Kids Sake fundraisers April 4 in Rhinelander and April 12 in Park Falls are critical to have enough money to keep adult-youth matches going.
Michelle Miller was a Big Sister in another community. She says she waited awhile until she found her Little Sister, as the group's representatives worked to find the right match.
Miller says the adult gets much out the relationship as well.
The group recently got approval from the Rhinelander school board to join the district's MOCK...or Mentoring Oneida County Kids.
Kinnunen says they need teams to raise money and sign up for the Bowl For Kids Sake April 4 at Hodag Lanes in Rhinelander. A familar voice to WXPR listeners... Scott Kirby.. will be D.J.'ing and Kinnunen says there will be many other things going on that day...with a theme of "Bowl Through TV Land".
A similar event will be held April 12 at Flambeau Lanes in Park Falls. More information is on the Big Brothers-Big Sisters website if you Google Big Brothers Big Sister of Northwestern Wisconsin.