A small group of teen and pre-teen boys and their mentors joined Oscar Award Winning Actor Jamie Foxx at a private party at his Los Angeles-area home to celebrate the actor’s newest and biggest role ever — national spokesperson for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
The nation’s largest and most effective non-profit youth mentoring organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs screened adult volunteers with youth facing adversity in safe, professionally supported one-to-one long-term mentoring matches. The organization provides mentors, mentees and parents ongoing professional support and guidance to keep the mentoring matches going strong as long as possible. Children in the program are those of single, low-income and incarcerated parents or sons and daughters of military personnel. Studies find when enrolled in the program, they are more likely than their peers to improve in school and their behavior and their self-esteem.
As national spokesperson, Foxx will represent the organization at national and local Big Brothers Big Sisters events and work with other influencers and celebrities to help raise needed funding so that the organization can grow to serve more children. He will also promote the organization in Public Service Announcements and special appearances. More than 34,000 children across the U.S., primarily boys of color, are on Big Brothers Big Sisters “waiting to be matched” lists. The organization needs more volunteer mentors, particularly men of color, and additional financial support for sufficient staffing to match the kids in safe, long-term mentoring matches that yield the outcomes unique to Big Brothers Big Sisters.