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In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is launching LatinoBigs.org, the nation’s first bilingual website focused on one-to-one long-term youth mentoring services. The website will feature and engage Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors and mentees; families, supporters and donors.
Latinos represent 20 percent of children and 9 percent of volunteers Big Brothers Big Sisters serves through its 350-agency nationwide mentoring network. At the same time, Latino children, predominately boys, comprise 19 percent of the children who are waiting to be matched. Among the organization’s goals with LatinoBigs.org is to recruit more Latino men to become mentors.
LatinoBigs.org will feature honorary Big Campeones, business, education and juvenile justice leaders; members of the mentoring network’s National Hispanic Advisory Council; and others who support and promote the program. The site will also highlight video testimonials from Latino mentors and mentees who will share stories of how the program impacts their lives. In addition, LatinoBigs.org will feature popular Hispanic bloggers, enabling the mentoring network to leverage the power of social media to recruit volunteers and donors.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has created an infographic depicting the importance BBBS has had on the community and calling for new mentors: