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Growing up in foster care makes life more difficult. Youth in foster care need additional support and guidance. The Big Brothers Big Sisters Sync program helps youth in foster care by matching them with a caring adult mentor who will be there as a friend and provide stability as they move through the system and transition out of foster care. The Sync program is funded by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services - Office of Children Services.
"Foster youth simply don't have the things, and the support, most children from strong families have. Our goal with foster youth is the same as our goal for all Alaskans—to give them the best chance possible to succeed. Because foster youth have few resources and often bounce between homes, this takes a special effort from all of us. We have to face the reality that when these youth leave foster care, they often have minimal funds, or responsible adult in their lives to lean on or call when they need help," - Rep. Les Gara
A Sync youth, when asked about her mentoring relationship, had this to say. "A mentor is.... my advocate. Someone from outside my circle, here just for me. If it wasn't for my mentor I'd be alone with my circle."
"Being a mentor has been eye opening, challenging, and rewarding. The differences we can make, however small, in the lives of these youths is gratifying. Just being there when things are tough is worth a lot to these kids." - Sync volunteer Alec Kay
For more information about the Sync program, please contact our Sync Program Coordinator, Sharon Pruszko at firstname.lastname@example.org or 433-4691 and like us on Facebook for the latest news! Facebook.com/SyncBBBSAK