Gary Walker

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Social Change One on One: The New Mentoring Movement

The evidence is in: Mentoring kids from single-parent families has dramatic benefits. So why aren't we doing more of it?

P ast the video games, the 11th Frame bar, and the orange formica shoe-rental island, occupying half the Saturday afternoon lanes at Mel's Bowl in Oakland is a scene to warm the civic heart: 25 lanes packed with bowlers, impervious to the brilliant spring day outside, immersed in spontaneous sociability. The crowd is at Mel's today to participate in Bowl for Kids' Sake, a fundraiser for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program that has generated nearly $125 million in donations since 1981. This year the Oakland program expects to net close to $150,000. Nationally, with endorsements from both the Professional Bowlers Association and the Bowling Proprietors Association of America, two million Bowl for Kids' Sake participants will produce more than $15 million, second only to United Way contributions as a source of financial support for the mentoring work of Big Brothers/Big Sisters organizations. The remarkable feature of Bowl for Kids' Sake is that it is fundamentally a fundraiser for...