The 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge, Big Buddy Program, a number of additional partner organizations, elected officials, community leaders and Raymond Jetson have joined together to announce the formation of a mentoring network that will train 1,000 community members during National Mentoring Month (January 2018).
“It is a goal of the Urban Congress to build upon existing African-American male leadership skills by focusing on family, mentoring and community service,” said Jetson, President and CEO of MetroMorphosis at Istrouma High School. “It is our belief that leadership and soft skills must be fostered in our males at a young age and by those who are committed and have the cultural knowledge to properly do so.”
The initiative aims to recruit adults 21 and older to mentor African-American males throughout Baton Rouge. To assist in recruitment efforts and future mentoring objectives, the Congress has formed a network of top youth organizations including 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge, City Year, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge, Teach for America, the City of Baton Rouge’s P3 Program and the Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office.
“Our desire is to significantly increase the number of youth we impact,” said Fred Sibley, President of 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge. “Thus, we find it to be an honor to be a part of this initiative and will work alongside these great organizations for the betterment of our community.”
Registration will open on Monday, Oct. 16. Interested participants will be able to reserve their seats at www.mentorbr.org.
For more information on the Urban Congress, visit www.theurbancongress.com.