Wednesday, January 13, 2010

2010 National Mentoring Month: Big Brothers Big Sisters & African American Fraternities Announce Plan to Help Black Boys Succeed

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and leaders of the nation's largest African American fraternities enter National Mentoring Month 2010 with a bold action plan to significantly increase the number of black Big Brothers, beginning this year.

The plan is the result of Big Brothers Big Sisters African American Mentoring Summit in Atlanta in December. Sponsored by the Arby's Foundation, the Summit was the culmination of Big Brothers Big Sisters recently launched collaborative partnership with Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi and Omega Psi Phi fraternities aimed at getting more black men engaged in long-term mentoring. Recognizing that children of color, particularly African American boys, disproportionately represent children waiting to be matched, Big Brothers Big Sisters and its African American Roundtable (internal and external advisors) have made engaging black men a priority. (In the photo L to R: Herman "Skip" Mason, Alpha Phi Alpha General President; Richard Snow, Kappa Alpha Psi Executive Director; and Warren Lee, Omega Psi Phi Grand Basileus respond to questions from Archie Burks, Kappa Alpha Psi Partnership Chairman during Big Brothers Big Sisters National African American Fraternity Leadership Summit.)

During the summit, Big Brothers Big Sisters' national president, Karen Mathis, hosted agency leaders, heads of the Alphas, Kappas and Omegas, mentoring advocates/supporters, 100 Black Men and Susan Taylor's National Cares Mentoring Movement. Georgia Congressman John L. Lewis and Rev. Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Jr. shared strategies with the national non-profit and fraternity leaders about how to build national movements. Goode, former Philadelphia mayor and member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, is the father of the national non-profit's successful Amachi Mentoring Children of Prisoners program and serves on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania. Lewis, a renowned civil rights leader, is a member of Phi Beta Sigma, another fraternity expected to join the national black fraternity mentoring collaboration.

Details of the plan include specific actions by fraternity leadership and chapters as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and its agencies, particularly those identified as serving the largest number of African American families.

Among the action plan items for fraternities are: Organize recruitment and awareness events such as Barbershop Recruitment, Final Four Parties, social mixers that increase awareness of how the fraternity is activating citizens to make a difference through mentoring with Big Brothers Big Sisters; seek leadership roles as board members and other key volunteer positions with Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies; and support local agency fundraising activities, such as "Bowl for Kids' Sake," golf tournaments and other activities

For more information, visit to learn how to become a Big Brother in a community-based or school based program in your community.

Source and photo: PRNewswire

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