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Laurel's mentoring program may come to an end

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Kids counting on the mentoring program at Laurel High School may soon be out of luck. Budget cuts are looming for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yellowstone County.

State budget cuts are impacting many agencies across the state and that includes non-profits like Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yellowstone County.

Executive Director Regina Griemsman said the problem goes beyond state cuts. Past fundraisers have not done as well as they hoped. She said grants have gone up in the private sector but not enough to offset the money recently lost. The program needs to find $15,000 to keep the program alive in Laurel.

"We have to cut back and we're tightening our belts," Griemsman said. "So to do that, we need to look at what is going to be the most efficient, have the best rate of return, and be the most cost-efficient and that comes down to community."

Griemsman said Big Brothers Big Sisters is having a VIP fundraising event this Friday. They need to raise $101,000 to keep all their programs. Anything short of that goal will mean making some tough choices this year.

If you'd like to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yellowstone County, you can make a private donation here.

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