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By Kelly Roberts | October 16, 2020, at 4:48 PM CDT - Updated October 16 at 6:40 PM

TUNICA, Miss. (WMC) - As tutoring and mentorship programs go remote during this pandemic, one 11-year-old is trying to provide more mentors to kids who need them. Daisy Hampton lives in New York, but her mission is to reach dozens of kids in the Mid-South. A series of events led Daisy to Tunica County and Family Biz Builder which is the first nonprofit to receive help from this NYC pre-teen. “She works on this every day, and she’s 11 years old, so I’m very proud of her,” Daisy’s mom Jennifer Hampton said.


With only six months under her non-profit, Including You’s, belt, 11-year-old Daisy Hampton has already helped dozens of kids. Daisy wanted to help close the digital divide and create more mentors for students who are digital learners.

So, she started raising money, which helped buy 25 devices for Family Biz Builder in Tunica.

“We’re an after school program serving about 100 kids,” Founder and Executive Director of Family Biz Builder Peggie Henderson said.

Tunica’s Family Biz Builder works with Mid-South kids to improve literacy and behavioral challenges among other things. As a mentorship organization, Henderson was thrilled to learn about Daisy’s mission hundreds of miles away. “I’m expecting to see a grown-up young lady starting the same kind of organization like ours, but when I met Daisy, she is 11 years old,” Henderson said.


Daisy’s mom Jennifer Hampton said they got connected to the Northern Mississippi organization because the family has been active with the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi. Along with providing devices, Daisy is also getting teens and preteens to volunteer to become mentors to some Mid-South students.


“I’m happy to be part of helping so many kids,” Daisy said.


“The goal is to build those relationships so our kids here can see there’s a bigger world and the kids there can see there is another world,” Henderson said.


Daisy and Including You are still raising money to provide more devices to the Mid-South, you can donate here. If you know a teen or pre-teen interested in volunteer to become a mentor click here.


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We Celebrate the Life of JOHN LEWIS


John Lewis always 'had the heart of the youth'. In 2015, he visited the youth of Tunica County and Family Biz Builder at Robinsonville Recreation Center where he told about his life, struggles and challenges while fighting for civil rights. As a child, Mr. Lewis said, " I had a wonderful teacher in elementary school, and she told me 'read my child, read!' and I tried to read everything.


Holly Burris:

Priest, The Church of the Epiphany


WHY I MENTOR? "I mentor because our children are the future of this country and this world. Literacy and education are paramount to equip our children to grow into citizens who can fully participate in the shaping of our society. One of my favorite quotes is from Mother Teresa: "We can do no great things, only small things with great love." Mentoring may seem like a small thing but I believe that growing these children's literacy skills and reinforcing the positive values of the character traits stressed in the Family Biz Builder program each child has the potential to transform the world."


Here’s Pastor Holly with her mentees: Isaiah C. and Dominique T. The remote mentoring started due to the COVID-19 pandemic when the school and after school programs closed. Since March 2020, they both have shown tremendous growth while spending time with their mentor in the Remote Literacy and Education Program. For example, Dominique, a fourth-grader, started in March reading at a third-grade level. As of July 2020, she is topping the fourth-grade level and sneaking into a fifth grade level. Isaiah, a fifth-grader, has shown constant improvement and an increase in the Lexile level. They are both excited to have a mentor to talk to and guide them with encouragement!



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