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Big Brothers Big Sisters to be discontinued in Lowcountry

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) -

After more than 35 years of serving at-risk kids and teens in the Tri-County, the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters will be discontinued.

Carolina Youth Development Services, which runs Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), announced Thursday the program will stop on Aug. 7 because of funding issues.

According to a news release, the program has been struggling financially since a major donor reduced its funding by 75 percent three years ago.

“It really comes down to making sure we can continue to provide services to youth and Big Brothers Big Sisters just didn't have the funding,” Program Director Qaitlin Peterson said.

BBBS, which matches at-risk children with volunteer mentors, has been active in the Lowcountry since 1981.  Currently, there are 114 pairs of children and mentors.

Peterson said the childrens’ families will be notified of other mentoring opportunities in the area.

“There are a lot of great programs and we're all doing great work,” she said.  “Sometimes, there just isn't the funding there for everyone.”

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