DALLAS - Thirteen-thousand North Texas elementary and middle school students attend after school programs every day.

News 8 is highlighting how the programs are changing lives in area communities.

Southern Methodist University's Psi Phi fraternity brothers have volunteered their time to children in South Dallas every week through the Dallas Community Lighthouse. They act as tutors, mentors and role models to disadvantaged children at the Eban Village Apartments.

Sometimes they don't have somebody that cares, said John Nwisienyi, an SMU student and volunteer. We try to fill that void of caring for them on a consistent basis; being there for them is probably one of our biggest issues.

When you have role models that are older ... than their parents or teachers, they may not be able to connect, said Jon Killen, another SMU student and volunteer. So, having someone fill that void is very important.

The fraternity brothers volunteer about 270 hours per year and also organized a holiday party.

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