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New mentoring program bringing ‘Big Hope’ to at-risk students

2012 December 11
by HISD Communications

Two HISD campuses on the city’s west side—Walnut Bend Elementary School and Revere Middle School—will soon be benefiting from a new mentoring program that targets at-risk youth.

Dubbed “Big Hope,” the initiative is a partnership between Grace Presbyterian Church’s “Kids Hope” program (which pairs church members with at-risk kids in supportive, mentoring relationships) and Big Brother Big Sisters (which provides rigorous screening protocols for prospective mentors and support with implementation). 

Big Brothers Big Sisters is currently entering its second year of partnership with Walnut Bend through its “Beyond School Walls” program, in cooperation with BMC Software.

“Big Hope represents the next logical step in community engagement for our area,” said Walnut Bend Principal Susan Shenker. “Now, mentors will be able to ‘follow’ their students as they transition from elementary school to middle school.”

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