The City of Atlanta has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta to help secure mentors who'd guide young boys.
Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor of Atlanta, has issued a city-wide call to action for men - from barbers, teachers, City employees, public officials, corporate executives, athletes, entertainers and every occupation in between - to serve as mentors for boys aged 6 to 14.
According to Rolling Out, Atlanta is teaming up with My Brother’s Keeper and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta - organizations dedicated to providing children facing adversity with mentors and other tools for success. The latter has been helping the youth for nearly 60 years now.
I am proud to announce our 100 Men to Mentors Challenge, in conjunction with the relaunch of Atlanta’s @MBK_Alliance. To learn more about how you can get involved in the life of Atlanta’s sons, visit https://t.co/xjoRIo9EjO. #OneAtlanta #MenToMentorsATL @ObamaFoundation pic.twitter.com/XaQFzbfoR8— Keisha Lance Bottoms (@KeishaBottoms) June 14, 2019
And now Mayor Bottoms is committed to work in partnership with the organizations to empower the community and the youth.
“As the mother of three boys, I know how important it is for youth in our communities to see and engage with positive male role models,” she said.
“It is up to all of us to create the kind of city that we want to live in, and I am confident that the men of Atlanta — be they barbers, teachers, city employees, public officials, corporate executives, athletes, entertainers and every occupation in between — will answer the call to help us create a city where our boys see and believe that they can become anything they dream of being," she added.
DYK there are 100 boys in Atlanta waiting for a mentor? Join Mayor @KeishaBottoms, @MBK_Alliance and @BBBSatl for the 100 Men to Mentors Challenge. Our boys can be what they can see. Register for a #MentoMentorsATL info session and give #BackToOurFuture! https://t.co/7f5gEm2WHG pic.twitter.com/OCvsjFdxgf— City of Atlanta, GA (@CityofAtlanta) June 13, 2019
Earlier this year, Bill Hawthorne, chief equity officer for the city of Atlanta, and other local officials met with leaders from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta upon learning that there are 100 boys who live in Atlanta who are on a waitlist for mentors.
Mayor Bottoms is showing determination to increase the importance and the impact of the work that Big Brothers Big Sisters has been doing as an organization.
Big Brother Big Sister came under new leadership in 2018 and has a longstanding track record of work that aligns with her goals of building a safe and welcoming city with thriving communities and neighborhoods and residents who are equipped for success.
Kwame Johnson, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters said the partnership is part of Atlanta’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative.“We are honored to partner with the mayor’s office as part of Atlanta’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative” said Johnson.
“Through this partnership, we can help defend the potential of students that are seeking a Big Brother mentor to help them navigate life. I personally know the impact of mentorship, and I am excited that Mayor Bottoms is offering the support of her administration to help more young boys reach their full potential.”
All men interested in responding to the mayor’s call to action can visit the "100 Men To Mentors Challenge" website for more information on how to get involved. Priority will go to men living in or near specific areas of the city.