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To Help Mentor Older Boys, Fla. Guardian Ad Litem Hopes To Attract More Male Role Models

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Florida’s Guardian ad Litem program may have thousands of volunteers, but agency officials say they need more male role models, who can advocate on behalf of the state’s abused and neglected children.

Florida Guardian ad Litem Executive Director Alan Abramowitz says his agency is trying to reach out to a more diverse group of volunteers. Right now, most are females.

“We’re trying to get more diversity,” said Abramowitz. “That includes African Americans, males, things that we’re missing because we think it helps us with some of the male, older kids because a lot of them don’t have a father in their life.”

In fact, Abramowitz says the campaign comes with a slogan.

“The phrase we use is, ‘Man up! Be a GAL,” he added.

And, GAL, in that case, stands for Guardian ad Litem. For more information, visit Guardianadlitem.org.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.