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Delthine Watson, director of the Best Friends program, says her job is one of the best she's ever had.``You're always dealing with positive people who want to help, and that's a plus,' she said.

The Best Friends program matches trained volunteers with youths who are in need of encouragement, love, guidance and direction. Watson hopes the resulting relationship leaves a mark on the lives of both the youngster and the volunteer.

A Warren County native, Watson received a bachelor's degree from Pembroke State University. She is currently studying for a master's degree at N.C. A&T State University.

Before being appointed to her present position in December 1987, she was employed by the Willie M. program for emotionally disturbed youths.

Watson says she enjoys the creative aspects of her job.

``When you want to broaden children's horizons, you have to come up with things to do,' she said. ``I also like the job because you get to meet new people, do new things and try to make things happen.'

Name: Delthine Watson

Address: 204 E. Academy St., Asheboro, N.C. 27203

Position: Director, Best Friends of Randolph County

What motivates you: To use whatever skills I have and will acquire to make a positive contribution to my community.

Greatest accomplishment: Watching Best Friends youth grow to become productive, responsible young adults

Favorite charities: Best Friends, Pembroke State University, Randolph County Senior Adult Association, Rise and Shine program

Worst fear: Not fulfilling my potential

Pet peeve: People not willing to contribute to their own well-being

Hobbies: Reading, traveling, cooking

Family: Parents in Henderson; four brothers, two sisters

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