Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA) President and CEO Tiffany Siart announced a partnership with the Los Angeles Police Department, part of a national mentorship program titled Bigs in Blue,at a press conference on December 1, 2016 at LAPD headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. The program pairs law enforcement volunteers, “Bigs”, with children in local communities, or “Littles”. Bigs in Blue provides adult friendship, support and encouragement, as well as positive interaction with members of the LAPD, to young people in underserved communities. The event also recognized the support by the Los Angeles Rams NFL football team to the Bigs in Blue and to BBBSLA.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) is the nation’s oldest mentorship program, with a mission of pairing children facing adversity, with one on one mentorship relationships. BBBSA recognized a growing need for improved communication and understanding between law enforcement and communities of color and developed Bigs in Blue, now being rolled out in participating cities nationally, in response. BBBSLA realizes that building relationships of trust between young people of Los Angeles and the LAPD will affect lasting and positive change in community relations. For more information, visit www.GoBigLA.org.