MARQUETTE — UPHS-Marquette supported the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger Counties with a $10,000 donation on Tuesday.

The contribution will help match 10 kids in their community–based program. Through the program, the kids meet every month with a mentor with the goal of improving mental health and social skills. The donation will also fund other activities such as cooking classes and yoga lessons.

“We believe in working with the kids when they’re younger and giving them the tools they need to address the issues that they deal with today,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director Jayne Letts. We know that opiate use continues to be a big problem in our community, and mentoring is one way to address substance abuse issues. We are so grateful for the support of UPHS as we work to help local families and children.”