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Top role model

The former Kansas State football coach may be just the right person to lead an ambitious new mentoring program.

January 12, 2006

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It's hard to argue with the governor's decision to name retired Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder to head a new program to mentor Kansas youngsters.

In a feel-good State of the State speech Monday night, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius announced that Snyder would head a new program called "Kansas Mentors." The goal of the program, she said, would be to "recruit more volunteer mentors for Kansas kids : and make it easier for adults to take some time to help Kansas children reach their God-given potential."

Details of the program haven't been worked out, but Snyder said after the speech that the increased suicide rate among teens "defines what the need is."

Snyder certainly has proven his skill at working with young people, and getting more young Kansans in touch with positive adult role models is a good goal. The statewide program seems like a tall order, but considering his impact on the K-State football program, Snyder may be just the man for the job.

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