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LifeSave to Host Event that Gives “Littles” from Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters Ideas on Future Career Paths

April 29, 2019

Wichita, Kan. – LifeSave is pleased to host a Career Day with guests from Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters on Saturday, May 4th at Jabara Airport. The event is designed as a learning opportunity for Littles from the Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters program who could benefit from more ideas on future career paths by offering a glimpse inside the unique world of aeromedicine.

“This is a great opportunity for local companies like ours and Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters to show the benefits of getting together to help create strong, safe communities with educational opportunities for the Littles. That goal falls right in line with what LifeSave aims to accomplish in the communities we serve,” said LifeSave Aviation Training and Operations Manager, Greg Monty.

As the host of the event, LifeSave will have a Helicopter Pilot, Fixed Wing Pilot, Flight Paramedic, Nurse, Communicator, and Maintenance Technician present to speak with Bigs and Littles about each of their professions and how to achieve that career path, along with a Q&A session.  Aircraft will also be on-site including a King Air C-90 air ambulance, Bell 206/407 Helicopter air ambulance, and Ground Ambulance available for viewing, interaction, and pictures, followed by lunch.

Kansas Big Brothers, Big Sisters is looking to ramp up the summer with more Big volunteers to be paired with Littles, who are local youth facing adversity. Bigs serve as a mentor and supportive friend to the Littles they are paired with, helping to improve their Little’s self-confidence, attitude toward school, relationships, peers, and more. In Sedgwick County, there are over 300 Littles who are waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister.

“Some of the youth that we serve have challenging circumstances in their lives that make it difficult for them to think what lies ahead. We educate our mentors on the importance of simply just talking with their Littles on the potential that they have as individuals and their options for the future. Partnerships and events like what LifeSave is hosting helps to give the youth in our program a different perspective on unique career paths which really makes a big impact,” said Mary Shannon, president of Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“As someone who volunteers as a Big, it is great to see the impact that these types of events have on Littles who are able to consider all the career paths available to them, and in general just how much having that Big’s friendship and guidance means in their life,” Monty continued.

Anyone aged 18 and older can apply to be a Big. The first step is attending an info session at the downtown Wichita office which gives a full overview of the program and the process of becoming a Big and requires no commitment at that time. Those interested can 1-888-KS4-BIGS or email info@kansasbigs.org.

LifeSave is an independently held medical transport system founded by Kansas emergency medicine physicians and includes fixed wing, rotor wing, ground ambulances, state-of-the art communication center, in-house maintenance facility, education department, and patient billing division. LifeSave operates emergency transport aircraft under its own FAA part 135 certificates throughout Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, and Hawaii. For more information about LifeSave and its services, visit www.lifesave.com or call 316.932.1440.

Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters (KSBBBS) is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit mentoring organization founded in Sedgwick County in 1969. KSBBBS matches children facing adversity with caring, adult mentors. We believe that all children – regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or family background – can achieve success in life, especially with the guidance and support of a caring adult mentor. As a state-wide affiliate, KSBBBS serves nearly all counties throughout Kansas. For more information about KSBBBS and its mentoring programs, visit kansasbigs.org or call 1-888-KS4-BIGS.