Become A Mentor!
IT’S NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH: DETROIT’S POLICE CHIEF TO BECOME A BIG BROTHER
On January 12, 2011, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit (BBBSMD) announced that Detroit’s top law enforcement officer, Chief of Police Ralph L. Godbee Jr. who is also the President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) officially became one of the first Big Brothers of 2011 during a press conference at the BBBSMD Offices, located in the Wellness Plan Building, 7700 Second Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202.
“We are so thrilled that Chief Godbee and NOBLE would commit time and energy to elevate the minds and spirits of young people in our community. Chief Godbee will lead this endeavor by being the first, from the department to step up and become a mentor during our 100 MENtors in 100 Days Campaign,” expressed Dara T. Munson, President & CEO of BBBSMD.
The example that Chief Godbee is setting for members of law enforcement by helping children in his free time also launches a new BBBSMD partnership with the NOBLE. As NOBLE’s President, Godbee is advocating that members who represent all branches of law enforcement engage in mentoring children in the communities where law enforcement members live and serve.
Since its inception in 1976, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives’ membership has grown to over 3,500 law enforcement professionals, who have organized 52 chapters. Through these chapters, NOBLE promotes a holistic community wide approach to the reduction of crime and delinquency through various community outreach programs to meet the ever-changing needs of African American Communities. These outreach efforts include mentoring and promoting scholarships among area youth.
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”). And for thirty-seven years of service locally in the metropolitan Detroit community, BBBS maintains a stellar reputation of recruiting exemplary citizens to share positive experiences with metropolitan Detroit youth. For more information on how to sign up, call 313-309-0500 or visit our website at http://www.bbbsdetroit.org.