Atlanta mayor launches mentoring challenge

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms recently announced that the city of Atlanta is seeking volunteers to mentor local boys ages 6-14. As a prelude to the launch of the city’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, the city of Atlanta is partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta to help secure mentors for the 100 Atlanta boys who are currently on a waiting list to be matched with mentors, according to a press release.

“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” said Mayor Bottoms. “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 … 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.”

Earlier this year, Bill Hawthorne, Chief Equity Officer of the city of Atlanta and other city 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 committed to elevating the importance and the impact of the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters, which has been “Defending Potential” of local youth for nearly 60 years.

“We are honored to partner with the Mayor’s Office as part of Atlanta’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative.”, said Kwame Johnson, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta. “Our initial goal is to match the 100 boys we have on our waiting list in the city of Atlanta. Through this partnership, we can help defend the potential of students that are seeking a Big Brother mentor to help them navigate life. ”