NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - Kids at several Hamilton County elementary schools are bonding with high school students and gaining positive role models thanks to a mentoring program sprouted by a Noblesville teen.
Corbin James "CJ" Fritz started his Sparrow Program two years ago at North Elementary School.
"It's a mentoring program where high school mentors go and work with not necessarily at risk youth but students who just need an extra role model," Fritz said.
The Sparrow Program started at North Elementary, but has since grown to include 120 mentors with 110 mentees in all of Noblesville's seven elementary schools.
The teens meet with their mentees twice a week in the music room, art room or library to talk and share ideas.
Fritz said he's passionate about helping kids because he comes from a family of teachers.
"Ever since I was very young, I always wanted to be a teacher. This (program) is a way for me to play principal," Fritz said. "When that student has the urge to learn, that's why teachers teach. That's why I do this."