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Nooze Hounds: Keith Cradle and Donna Dunlap on National Mentoring Month

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Keith Cradle (left) and Donna Dunlap stopped by to chat about National Mentorship Month
Dr. Keith Cradle (left) and Donna Dunlap stopped by to chat about National Mentorship Month. (Photo by Ryan Pitkin)

On the latest episode of the Nooze Hounds podcast, Ryan spoke to Donna Dunlap, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Carolinas; and Dr. Keith Cradle, founder of Camping with Cradle, during National Mentoring Month. The three talked about what led them into working with the youth and why that work is more important than ever. 


Inspired by his own trial-and-error experiences with camping, Keith Cradle launched this nonprofit in 2021 as a way to get underserved high school-aged children involved with the outdoors. Cradle leads a group of six to eight kids on a long hike and camping trip for each outing, with a focus on team building, outdoor skills, environmental education and school support throughout the trip. If we know Cradle, we know he’s serious about his food, too, so we expect that even his dehydrated meals are not to be messed with. The CWC team is on winter break but will be hitting the trails again in April as things warm up.

Donna Dunlap went from being a Big Sister to running the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Carolinas organization. 

Since 1972, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been providing mentors (Bigs) for children (Littles) in this region. Today, they serve more than 1,500 children in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus and York Counties, through traditional community- and school-based mentoring and innovative specialty programs that connect caring adults with local children in meaningful one-to-one relationships. They currently have a need for 75 mentors from our community; these are kids that are waiting to be matched with a mentor. 

You can learn more about how to get involved with the organization at their website

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