— At any given time, there are approximately 468 children matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister mentor. However, there also are 360 children waiting to be matched and more than 60 percent are boys. To further engage the community in efforts to involve more caring adults who can share some time with a child, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint hosts, “The Power of 40”: Igniting the Flames of Transformation Sept. 17, in Isabel Hall of the Flint Institute of Arts.
The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a VIP reception for sponsors, followed by a program from 6-9 p.m. Chris Broussard, ESPN sports writer and analyst, will serve as the keynote speaker. Broussard, who has family ties to the Flint area, will reinforce the message of the power of mentoring and highlight the path he took to becoming a successful sports writer for ESPN.
Admission is $50 per person; advance ticket sales only. The goal is to enhance awareness of the need for positive influences in the lives of our young people, increase the number of male mentors, and improve resources to support one-to-one mentoring. Sponsors are currently being sought for this event. Ticket information is available by contacting the Big Brothers Big Sisters office at 810-235-0617 or visiting the office, located in the lower level of the YMCADowntown, 410 E. Second St., from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
The focus of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint is to provide children, primarily from single parent homes, with the friendship of a positive role model. For 66 years, the organization has been impacting thousands of children in Genesee County through its mentoring outreach and support. Fundraising and mentor recruitment endeavors ensure the increased capacity of the organization to respond to community needs. — Natalie Blythe