Big Brothers Big Sisters
Looking for HELP in Mentoring Young Men & Boys
Male mentorship is important for young boys as they grow up and experience their lives. This mentor relationship offers emotional and social skills to young boys they might otherwise lack, and with their interpersonal skills increasing, the likelihood of aggression or otherwise risky behaviors decrease. “Mentors of color can particularly engage Black boys in deeper conversation about the intersection of violence, culture, and masculinity — reframing negative thinking about concepts of strength, power, and ‘being a man.’ They can also help them effectively navigate systems and institutional barriers to success,” The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education reported. Part of mentoring is the representation of who the child is, and that can come in many different forms such as a race, religion, sexuality, income background and more.