On page 2D is a profile of Justin, a child on the waiting list at Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Douglas County Inc.
Justin is one of about 40 children seeking an adult mentor in the program, which matches adult volunteers with children from single-parent households. Volunteers are asked to devote three to four hours a week with little brothers and sisters.
The J-W will publish profiles of a different child every Monday, in hopes of recruiting volunteers to the program.
Becky Price, Big Brothers/Big Sisters co-director, said she hoped the new feature would help ease a traditional summertime lull in the program. Because many volunteers are Kansas University students who leave town in May, and because the number of children rises during summer break, the program often has difficulty making matches during summer.
"We are just determined to not let the matches go dead this summer," Price said. "During this time of year our waiting list grows, and that's really hard to watch. Plus you already have all these kids that are on the waiting list."
Anyone interested in serving as an adult mentor should call 843-7359 or visit the Big Brothers/Big Sisters office at 733 Mass.