Mentoring Brothers in Action is a movement led by Big Brothers Big Sisters and the nation’s three largest African American fraternities Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi and Omega Psi Phi to engage more African American men in fraternal, social, faith-based and professional organizations to get involved in one-to-one mentoring to change the odds for African American boys.
Mentoring Brothers in Action hopes to create new and broader pathways to provide mentors for African American boys who disproportionately represent children waiting to be matched with Big Brothers. Mentors are carefully screened and matched with youth who face adversity in long-term, professionally supported mentoring relationships. With the support of the Fraternity Collaborative, Mentoring Brothers.org provides direct ways for African American men to become a part of the solution either as Big Brothers or as participants in group mentoring programs and career and motivation events sponsored by our national and local community partners. The site also provides access to support systems for African American families (largely headed by single mothers and grandmothers) to help youth succeed in school; avoid risky/delinquent behaviors; have higher self-esteem and aspirations.
The Fraternity Collaborative has partnered with a number of Big Brothers Big Sisters local agencies to host “friend raisers,” barbershop recruiting drives, Bowl for Kids Sake fundraisers, and other efforts that have been successful throughout the mentoring network to engage more African American men in long-term, professionally supported outcomes-focused mentoring.