Published: Oct 03, 2013 4:13 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 03, 2013 4:18 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Mentoring a child can change a life, and a new partnership between the Lee County School District and southwest Florida churches plans to do just that.

Superintendent Dr. Nancy Graham is urging churches to promote Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Chari Granstra and Jeremiah Arnold are inseparable. Although not related, Chari is the 8- year old,s "big sister."

"It's very fun!," Arnold said. "Because we go places! Even if we dont have anything to do, we just go somewhere."

They're apart of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program which helps children, many from single parent or at risk homes, realize their potential.

"They may need someone to walk beside them, partnership with them, to encourage them," Granstra said.

It's a bond like this one, the Lee County School District is encouraging local churches to promote, in hopes of gaining more mentors.

At Cape Christian Fellowship in Cape Coral, Dr. Nancy Graham and Dr. John Sowers, a mentoring expert, explained how spending just a few extra hours a month with a child can change a life forever.

"When there's an adult that available children, can really rebound from almost any situation," explained Dr. Graham.

It comes at a time when the need is greater than ever. 70 children across southwest Florida are still on the list waiting for a mentor.

For more information on how you can help, visit