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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 paper examines a growing body of empirical evidence that concludes that volunteer mentoring serves as a valuable prevention and intervention strategy that has proven effective at “making a difference” in the lives of at-risk, high-risk and underserved youth.

In general, the extant body of research supports the claim that strong mentoring relationships reduce a variety of problem behaviors among vulnerable youth including young minority men. Specifically, mentoring serves as an effective mode of intervention for young people and favorable research findings are consistent across a range of populations, settings, modalities, and outcomes.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America will publish its white paper in March. During his announcement later today, President Obama will share details about his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, which calls on foundations, businesses, and faith and other community leaders to join the White House in taking action to create opportunities for young men of color who work hard to reach their full potential. 

The president will invite foundation leaders, corporate executives, and faith and other community leaders to participate in the program.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters of America applauds President Obama for recognizing and addressing the unique challenges faced by America’s young men of color,” Lowell Perry, chief diversity officer, senior vice president, Corporate & Community Engagement said. “A large number of the children we serve are minorities, so the president’s initiative will complement our work to help children facing adversity through mentoring.”

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