Thursday's Our Neighbor teams up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas for positive role models in life.

Brian Walker serves as a volunteer and male role model for third grader Datyrick.

Walker is the father of two little girls, but he understands the importance of a male role model in a young boy's life.

To be able to do things with him, that I don't get to do with them (two daughters) is a ton of fun for me, said Walker.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas provides children like Datyrick with adult role models who offer support, guidance and friendship. The program paired him with Walker.

We play putt-putt, we watch movies, we go bowling, said Datyrick.

Datyrick's mother wants him to have a positive male figure in his life since his father is not around.

I certainly understand that growing up with my father, seeing how important that was, Walker said. Being able to provide a male role model in Datyrick's life and hopefully that will make a difference.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest and largest mentoring program in the United States. BBBS serves children 6 to 18 years old.

The UPS Foundation has awarded the program a $25,000 grant to start an on-line web-based training program for volunteers.

I speak with UPS volunteers who were once little brothers or little sisters and they tell me they have experienced first hand the lasting and dramatic impact that it's had on their lives, said Chris Davis, BBBS.

It will help start more positive relationships like the one that Datyrick and Walker have built.

He's like a big brother that I really want to be, Datyrick said.

I've learned from Tyrick that you really have to be willing to try new things, Walker said.

There are 4,000 children in the Dallas-Fort Worth area waiting to be matched with a volunteer.


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