Sunday, March 28, 2010

Cleveland Cavalier Darnell Jackson teams with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland to Issue “Mentoring Challenge”

Over 300 young men have applied to receive mentors from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland. With no mentors to serve them, Cleveland Cavalier and former Big Brother Big Sister program participant Darnell Jackson is teaming up with BBBS and local Cleveland sponsors to issue a 100-day "Mentoring Challenge" to get 100 mentors and raise $100,000 to support and grow the 100 mentor/child matches.

Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) March 25, 2010 -- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland has partnered with Cleveland Cavaliers’ Forward Darnell Jackson to issue the Darnell Jackson Mentoring Challenge. The goal of the challenge is to recruit at least 100 mentors in 100 days.

The Darnell Jackson Mentoring Challenge stems from Darnell’s passion and commitment to developing at-risk youth in our community. Darnell suffered the tragedy of losing his father at a very young age. He credits mentors in his life who aided him on his path to success. Their positive message and encouragement helped direct Darnell to a positive place, make good decisions and ultimately supported him in his dream of becoming an NBA player. “I would never have made it to the NBA without my mentor” said Darnell. “Now, it’s time for me to give back.”

View Darnell's public service announcement below:



“This is personal for Darnell. He understands the need first hand. We have more than 300 boys on our waiting list and it’s critical to us to serve them,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland President & CEO Margaret Mitchell. “The facts are 87 percent of at risk boys that have a mentor graduate from high school, 70 percent of those who don’t end up troubled. This is a silent, but absolutely critical need that cannot be overlooked.”

Cleveland Clinic and Adcom Communications are sponsoring the Challenge. “The Cleveland Clinic certainly recognizes the vital importance of this cause. We are doing what we can to connect the good will of the men in our community with some very good kids that need them,” said Charles Modlin, M.D., of Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Modlin is a kidney transplant surgeon, urologist and founder and director of the Minority Men’s Health Center of Cleveland Clinic's Glickman Urological Institute and the Cleveland Clinic Center for Health Equity. Dr. Modlin has a rich history of being personally committed to mentoring.

“This Challenge not only serves the boys who we are attempting to get mentors, it serves the future of our entire community” said Joe Kubic, CEO of Adcom Communications, Inc. and a long-time mentor.

The Challenge begins March 8 and runs through June with recruitment events at major corporations, institutions and of course, at the Q on the concourse during up-coming Cavaliers games. The first stop is at the Cavs game on March 14.

BBBS will simultaneously run a campaign to raise $100,000 to support the new matches. The organization depends 100 percent on donations to conduct background checks, interviews, training, orientation and professional case management of ongoing support for children, families and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships, key to successful mentoring. It takes $1,000 per year or $83.00 per month to youth on the right track.

You can also find out more about the challenge at www.djmentoringchallenge.com.

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