GROUP RECEIVES GRANTS
A program by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma has received a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, it was announced Tuesday during a Capitol news conference. The money will go to the agency's Amachi program, which provides one-on-one mentoring for children whose parents are in prison. Statistics indicate that children with incarcerated parents are five times more likely to become incarcerated themselves, said Rep. Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, the designated speaker next year. The George Kaiser Family Foundation is the lead private donor to the Amachi program, giving a $40,000 grant.
MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU