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Healing in the Hood offering mentoring to children

(Source: Sandy Gillespie) (Source: Sandy Gillespie)
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BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) -

The Healing in the Hood organization in Blytheville came up with a solution to help kids stay out of trouble this school year.

“We want to be proactive before kids start having issues,” Sandy Gillespie, the organization’s director said.

Gillespie said with a new mentoring program, they are helping parents tackle behavioral issues before they arise.

Linda Moore has seen how the program has helped her nephew.

“Our story is a little different,” Moore said. “My baby sister, his mom, passed about two years ago of cancer and she asked me to finish raising her son. Healing in the Hood is just a part of that.”

The 16-year-old junior at Blytheville High School is faced with peer pressure just like many other teens.

Moore said he joined the organization to stay focused after losing both of his parents within a year apart.

“It’s been very beneficial for him,” Moore said.

She said not only has it helped him, but her nephew is spreading the word to his classmates so they can make positive choices.

“He goes on Facebook and shares with them some of the different interactions he's had with the program,” she said, “They go on trips, he loves that because they get the chance to interact with children in their age group from other areas.”

Moore said the organization has gone mobile.

Now, the mentors go out into the neighborhoods to make it more convenient for parents. 

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