Happy Headline: Baltimore Big Brothers’ Surge
While violent images and uproar from the streets of Baltimore have been the center of media attention, there is a bit of unexpected sunshine showering the city that can not be overlooked.
The Baltimore chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has seen a 3,000 percent increase in membership requests, with over 500 mentor inquiries within a few days as opposed to four or five a day, reports NBC News.
Terry Hickey, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake, expressed his gratitude, telling NBC, “I was worried people would see the images on TV of young people looting…you don’t know how people are going to react to the image of young teens running through the streets. But people are having their own epiphany, they are saying, ‘It just dawned on me that by being an adult in one kid’s life, I can make a real difference.'”
On the heels of societal unrest and questionable law and order, to know that people are choosing to run toward teens as opposed to fleeing in fear, shows a sense of humanity and hope.
There are so many teens and youth that are in need of someone to simply care. I encourage you to have a conversation and understand what is happening in the lives of our youth, what’s missing, and what can be done.
Time goes a long way.