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Big Brothers Big Sisters Needs More Male Volunteers

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Hundreds of young boys in Middle Tennessee are in need of role models. Big Brothers Big Sisters is hoping to recruit more men to fill in the gaps.

In the past couple of years Trey has really become part of Carlyle Carroll's family. Even if their relation is not by blood, their bond is unwavering.

"My kids had gone to college. I had a lot of free time and I always wanted to connect with one child that maybe I could make a difference with," Carroll said.

Their day-to-day lives are a world apart, but on a heart level Carroll has more in common with many of the kids in the program.

"My dad left when I was 11 years old, so there was a little bit of a hole in my heart too," Carroll said. "Although we don't replace the father in many cases we do stand in the gap."

More men are needed to do just that and serve as Big Brothers. Of the hundreds of children waiting for mentors, two out of every three are boys.

Big Brothers Big Sisters goes to companies and clubs spreading its message hoping to recruit more volunteers.

"There's always something to give back. There's an experience to add to this family and to this life of a young person."

Carroll's experience led him to his new job as CEO of the organization.

"My life statement was working with fatherless kids to build character, community and job readiness."

His mission isn't just a part of his job description; it's one that comes to life every Saturday with Trey.

All interested mentors will first begin a process that includes providing references, under going a background check and interviews. If matched, social workers monitor the relationships with monthly phone calls with the parents and the mentor.


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