Big Brothers Big Sisters Issues Challenge to South Fulton to Match 60 Youth

The City of South Fulton is joining forces with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta to find mentors for local youth.

The #COSFGACares 60-for-60 campaign kicked off during National Mentoring Month in January and extends throughout the end of 2020 to mark Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta’s 60 years of service.

“I am excited to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters for the #COSFGACares 60 matches for 60 years campaign, said Mayor William “Bill” Edwards. “As BBBSMA celebrates its diamond anniversary, we get a chance to highlight the need for mentors for 60 children located in 10 zip codes who are waiting to get matched with a mentor.”

“I am issuing a personal call-to-action asking everyone from city employees to city residents to learn more about the mentor-match process at one of our upcoming information sessions,” Edwards added.

District 1 Councilwoman Dr. Catherine Foster Rowell has served as a Big Sister and knows the benefits mentorship can bring for youth.“I believe every young person needs to know there is a caring adult who is vested and interested in their well-being and success,” she said.

“These young people are reaching their full potential and we just need to create more of those relationships around the city,” said Kwame Johnson, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta. “We are very excited for this partnership with City of South Fulton and that Mayor Edwards shares in the importance of our mission.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters encourages all volunteers who sign up to understand the intake process can take months before a match is made. Not all volunteers who apply for the program become mentors.

Information sessions begin this month to provide details on the process of becoming a mentor. The first will take place on Monday, Feb. 10 12 p.m. at City Hall, 5440 Fulton Industrial Blvd. The second is on Thursday, Mar. 12 at 6 p.m. at South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road.

Photo: BBBSMA Volunteer Recruitment Manager Juliet Udeochu, Councilwoman Catherine Foster Rowell and BBBSMA CEO & President Kwame Johnson (Credit: Office of Councilwoman Catherine Foster Rowell)

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