In 2004, Carol Moreno, a West Liberty dentist, decided to make a difference in West Liberty. She said she felt very strongly that a college education makes a difference in the choices that people have. She was the first in her family to graduate from college. She wanted to help children stay in school and believes since she founded West Liberty Youth Dream Catchers in 2004, the number of burglaries in West Liberty has dropped. “About the time we started, there was a lot of juvenile crime,” Moreno said. “Those numbers have dropped.”
The non-profit organization randomly picks five third-graders each year to participate in a mentor program. She said half of the class is eligible, but not everyone signs up. “We have about 25 that apply,” she said.
The selected students are given a mentor who will work one-on-one with the them once a week for the duration of their West Liberty School career.
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Living the dreamBy Lindsey Jackson · Thursday, December 6, 2012