LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — More than 160 people signed up to help guide at-risk youth during the Victory Over Violence campaign’s second Mentor Match Day.

Phone lines were open Tuesday during all KARK newscasts.  Before things were said and done, 162 people called in to volunteer their time.

During last year’s single day signup blitz, 120 people stepped up and offered their time.  Organizers couldn’t be more pleased with this year’s record response.

“Stats show mentoring greatly improves a child’s chance at success,” said Victory Over Violence co-founder and KARK News Director Austin Kellerman.  “To have so many people step up to the plate and offer their time to impact the future of a young person — that’s inspirational.  Mentoring a child is a heroic act.  We can’t thank them enough.”

Victory Over Violence mentoring coordinator Robert Holt and his staff from Healing Waters Outreach Center will provide training and help coordinate the matches through various partner organizations including the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas and the Little Rock School District.

Holt has been working to curb violence for more than 20 years. He’s a co-founder of the Victory Over Violence campaign in conjunction with KARK and Fox16.

To serve as a mentor, you only need to offer four hours each month. 

If you or someone you know might be interested in signing up and didn’t get the chance to participate in Tuesday’s Mentor Match Day, you can fill out an application here.

About Victory Over Violence

The mission of Victory Over Violence is to cover crime in a responsible manner focusing on impact, response and solutions.  Victory Over Violence aims to unite community groups and leaders and be a resource for reducing violent crime and changing lives through improvements in education, jobs, mentoring and hunger.  It was started in February 2017 by KARK and Fox16.