Gathering under the theme, “It Takes A Village,” The Bigs United African American affinity group (BUAA) of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City hosted a themed panel discussion event, on Feb. 26 at the Alvin Ailey Theater. BUAA assembled a panel of thought leaders and activists to discuss how institutions, industries and influencers factor into a child’s success in life.
Patrick Cannon made history in 1993 when, at the age of 26, he became Charlotte, N.C.’s youngest city councilman. During the next 20 years, Cannon would also achieve success in the corporate and entrepreneurial sectors. Along the way, he was elected mayor of Charlotte –the largest city in North Carolina-- and sworn in last December. Mayor Cannon’s career arc, which is far from complete, is a testament to the spoils of hard work, determination and vision. As with anyone who has achieved success, however, the details of his story are what make it inspirational.
“Big” Steve Jones and “Little” Quintence (aka Quincy) were first matched when Quincy was 10 years old. Now seven and half years later, Steve remembers first meeting Quincy, a highly inquisitive 5th grader who was full of energy with no inhibitions.
Coinciding with President Obama’s unveiling of his new “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative today, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is announcing its plan to publish a white paper titled, “Mentoring Makes a Difference in the Lives of Young Minority Men: A Review of the Empirical Evidence.”
The campus pastor at Huntington University, Arthur Wilson, knows the value and even the necessity of having a strong figure in your life to serve as a guide and role model. While he now works as a pastor at the small Christian university in Huntington, Ind., there was a time in his life when he needed to benefit from the kind of guidance he now offers his students.
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