BENNINGTON/MANCHESTER - The Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) mentoring program has hired Kara Reimann, of Bennington, to be the new program coordinator in the Southshire, joining with Northshire program coordinator Susan Cottrell.

"Mentoring offers young children one of the most important things they need to become successful: friendship with a caring adult," said Ralph Provenza, executive director of United Counseling Service, which sponsors the BBBS program. "Kara brings energy and the kind of new ideas that will help the program to grow and serve more young children. We're fortunate to have her on our team."

Reinmann attended Sage College of Albany for Fine Arts and Sage Graduate School for Art Education.

She is active in the capital district art scene teaching part time and creating art at the Art Center in Troy, N.Y.

In 2007 she volunteered as a teacher in the House of Hope Orphanage in Ghana, Africa. Reinmann worked at UCS for a year and a half in Developmental Services in Community Outreach Support.

"I am excited to work for a program that gives back so much to the community," Reinmann said.

Reinmann is starting a new Lunchtime Mentoring Program in the Shaftsbury and Pownal Elementary Schools. This popular program arranges for mentors to meet their "Littles" once a week at school. The structured time and school setting make it easy for mentors to get their feet wet and get started.