On April 25th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President and CEO Pam Iorio visited the BBBSMA Agency to celebrate the formal kickoff of the Bigs in Blue program. Officers from several local police departments were in attendance. Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields, who has signed up to be a Big Sister in the program, spoke, as well as Atlanta Police Foundation President and CEO Dave Wilkinson.
Bigs in Blue is the first national campaign of its kind, supplementing the efforts of law enforcement officers mentoring youth in communities across the country. With more than 300 affiliates nationwide, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is actively fundraising in hopes of bringing the initiative to as many communities as possible. Funds raised for the program go toward volunteer recruitment efforts, training, and the process of matching Littles with the Big mentors. Law enforcement officials who volunteer to serve as a Big Brother or Sister will be vetted, trained, matched and monitored just as any other mentor in the network.
Bigs in Blue programs have already been implemented in cities across the United States, including Austin; Baltimore; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; Los Angeles; Louisville; Miami; New York City; Philadelphia; St. Louis; and Tampa.. To learn more, visit BigsinBlue.org or bbbsatl.org/bigs-in-blue.