TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Monday morning a new program for the Hamilton Center received a grant for $25,000. The program started in 2018, and so far they’ve served 47 children in both Woodrow Wilson and Sarah Scott middle schools. The program’s goal is simple, to mentor kids who need it.
“Our goal is to reach children who are struggling”, said Tatu Brown. He’s the manager of Hamilton Center’s outreach services program. He told News 10 that receiving this grant will allow the program to do more with the kids and eventually branch out to other schools. So far, there are only two employees that work for Brown. Both of them are former athletes at Indiana State University. After talking with them, they told me that being in this position where they can have a positive effect on kids, makes them understand the bigger picture.
The program goes to the middle schools and mentors the kids. On Monday they went to Sarah Scott middle school to check on some of their students. While they meet with them they sometimes talk about school, behavior issues or things that they could be facing in their lives.
Brown believes that mentorship is vital to students who lack trust in adults. The employees of this program want to build that trust and make sure the kids achieve great things in life.
With the grant they received and the one they’ll receive throughout the year, they plan to have a facility in the future for kids and expand this program to many other schools.