BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham has partnered with the Birmingham Police Department and Birmingham City Schools to launch a program designed to match police officers with students in a one-on-one mentoring relationship.
“This program is going to meet such an important need that our youth have,” says Sue Johnson, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters. “Through mentoring and building positive relationships with the local law enforcement, our youth are being set up to succeed and reach their full potential. We are so appreciative to the Birmingham Police Department, who have been enthusiastic about launching this program in our city.”
The program is being launched in partnership with the Birmingham Police Department but will soon include other law enforcement agencies and public safety officers. The Big Brothers and Sisters will meet with their Little Brother or Little Sister either at the child’s school, at Bigs’ offices, or spend time out in the community together, depending on what works best for the officers’ schedules.
These relationships are designed to increase goodwill and connection between children in our community and the local police force, firefighters, sheriff’s office, and other first-responders. The role of the mentor is to provide emotional support and encourage them to see their self-worth. Research has shown that children who have a mentor are 46% less likely to use illegal drugs, 56% more likely to enroll in college, and 52% less likely to skip a day of school, among many other positive factors.
information from Big brothers Bis Sisters Press Release