Roswell merge good for youth program

Project: Reader Reaction

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Curry and Roosevelt counties seems to be facing three choices: merge with a Roswell program, drop the program entirely or create a mentor program outside the umbrella of the national organization. A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked participants what should be done. Some responses:

“As I see it, there are only two choices: Merge with Roswell or create their own program. I don’t think dropping the program is a choice; it’s just too important. To merge with Roswell might be the better of the two for financial benefits.”
— Steve Gershon, Clovis

“I believe Big Brothers and Big Sisters is a wonderful program. I think it would be nice if our community would take care of this need within our own community.”
— Jim Sitterly, Clovis

“It would seem the best way to take care of a local program for young people, such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters, would be to start a program outside the umbrella of the national organization. While being absorbed by Roswell may create more ties between the two communities … well, that’s my idealism thinking. The reality, I believe, is such a program is best handled locally.”
— Brent McBee, Clovis

“I am not that familiar with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organizational problems. I believe any organization helping our kids needs to be supported. Dropping the program should be out of the question. If Roswell has the leadership, support and funding to assist Clovis, that should be the first option. Why reinvent the wheel?”
— Chet Spear, Clovis

“Mentoring seems to work and it would be hard for those children who have mentors to lose them. Not being completely informed as to why the Curry County program is in trouble makes it hard to decide. Whatever keeps the children with their mentors is the best way to go.”
— Jeff Greene, Clovis

“It would be a shame to lose such a good organization, so I would not recommend that it be dropped. If it would help to keep it open by merging with Roswell, then I would say go for it. I’m not sure it would survive outside the national organization umbrella. I would think that since our kids need all the help they can get in this world, then we need to do everything we can do to help them.”
— Ardyth Elms, Clovis

“They should merge with the program in Roswell so that those in the program can continue on and help those in need. With that said, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Curry and Roosevelt counties should ensure that they will have a voice in what happens within the program of this area and the people in Roswell should let that happen.”
— Charles F. Hemphill, Clovis

“If the local programs merge with Roswell, in effect creating a regional program, the resources of (the) programs could be merged, helping all … provide better services.”
— David Burke, Clovis