For the past 20 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas has helped children in our area by pairing them with role models.
Jesse Wray, a Big Brother in the program said, "I feel like I've grown as a person and building our relationship and having a little brother is great. Somebody that he can hopefully look up to and someone to hang out with, someone he can learn from."
"When we do talk about something it's like what are we going to do this week, it's really fun," said Little Brother Zack Bartel.
Organizers say the nonprofit is all about ensuring kiddos are on the right path.
Brittney Gulley, with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas said, "Just knowing they need someone else to look up to and a role model and that will be consistent in their life."
The pairs get together a couple of times a month doing anything from playing sports to hanging out.
"I think that I've opened up my shell and before when I just moved here I didn't know anybody," said Little Sister Clara Bartel.
Allie Sparkman, Clara's Big Sister explained, "I have siblings but none of them live here, so it's kind of nice to have a sister here."
Last year organizers say the nonprofit served 200 children in our area and they want to help even more.
That is why they encourage others to volunteer or donate.
Gulley said, "We just want to continue to grow because there are so many kids in our area who need what we do."