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 is Mid-Maine Big Brothers Big Sisters to launch a new program called "Bigs with Badges" according to a report by the PenBay Pilot.

This exciting program will be uniting local law enforcement with kids in Augusta. The program will be a 1 on 1 with students from Sylvio J Gilbert Elementary 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 however, this will be a one of a kind for the state of Maine with the hope 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.”

You can learn more about the United Way of Kennebec Valleys Innovation Fund by CLICKING HERE. And to find more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine, CLICK HERE.

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