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Big Brothers Big Sisters launches Black male mentor recruitment campaign

Posted at 5:08 PM, Jul 06, 2020

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana has launched a call to action for Black men in the community to help create meaningful change through one-on-one mentoring.

Volunteers of color are needed now more than ever to serve as mentors in Acadiana, as over 60% of the Littles on the waiting list are young Black boys facing a plethora of issues, including poverty, societal barriers, and a lack of access to a positive adult male role model.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is calling on Black men of fraternal, social, faith-based, and professional organizations to become a Big Brother to a young boy who needs a mentor.

Those interested can volunteer in several ways, like e-mentoring, being a sport buddy, or doing community-based activities.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

"It's very important to get more black men specifically here now because we do have a waiting list," said Chelsea Zeno. "60% of our waiting list is black youth and we want to make sure that they have someone that they can connect with and know that it's important to see someone that looks like them."

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