A late morning press conference was held at Houston’s City Hall today. It was an effort by Houston City Controller Ronald Green to recruit more African American males to serve as mentors in the Big Brothers / Big Sister program here in Houston.
Green says while there are a large number of young men waiting to be mentored there are few African American males stepping up to the plate. Green has pledged to enlist 28 volunteers in 28 days to help increase the numbers in the program.
Ron Hadley is with Big Brothers. He came with the disturbing stats on involvement. Hadley says there are 1500 children who are mainly minorities participating in the program in Houston. He says it’s disappointing to see only a few African American men who have come forward to guide these young minds.
Council member Jolanda Jones says it’s up to Black men to guide young Black males in the community. She says they need to see positive role models who look like them.
Several people attended the presser including: Ronald Green, Council members Jolanda Jones, Jarvis Johnson, volunteer Rodney Jones, and his little brother Erion Tyler.
If you’re interested in volunteering contact Big Brothers/ Big Sisters Lone Star Chapter for more information!