Exciting New Program “Bigs With Badges” Taking Off In Augusta
On our "Reason To Smile" this morning we told you about an exciting program that is really taking off in a great way....The" Bigs with Badges Program"
The United Way of Kennebec Valley has put together a great resource for the community titled the Innovation Fund. One of the first programs to be supported by this amazing funding was Mid-Maine Big Brothers Big Sisters and their launch of "Bigs with Badges" according to a report WABI.
This exciting program unites local law enforcement with kids in Augusta. The program is a 1 on 1 with students from several Augusta schools and they get matched with members of the Augusta Police Department as well as other first responders. The hopes are that these connections will spawn long term relationships between the Bigs & littles.
The program itself has shown promise in other parts of the country and so far it has shown promise here in Maine also with the hopes to help local youth see the police as a positive role model in our community.
According to Courtney Yeager, executive director of UWKV said;
"This groundbreaking program will foster positive interactions between children and law enforcement — building relationships that will benefit our community for generations to come.”
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