“Bigs In Blue” Launches In Chattanooga To Build Bridges Between Youth And Officers

Friday, March 2, 2018

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga (BBBS) announced its newest mentoring initiative, “Bigs in Blue,” which is a partnership with the Chattanooga Police Department.

This one-to-one mentoring program connects youth with police officers throughout our community, building strong, trusting, lasting relationships.  Officers will have the opportunity to mentor youth at local elementary schools, volunteering their time for one hour a week for a year or more. These relationships can help build stronger bonds between law enforcement and the families they serve.

“Being trusted by our community is built one relationship at a time,” said Chief David Roddy.  “Bigs in Blue is a meaningful way for CPD officers to be a part of a child’s life, providing guidance, friendship, and building relationships that positively affect the life of that child, our community, and our officers.”

Theresa Varos, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga, said, “I cannot think of a more important time than now for these officers to connect to Chattanooga’s youth. The impact will be felt for years to come. She added, “I am so grateful to the Chattanooga Police Department for their support.”

Bigs in Blue will begin next school year.  The program is funded by the Tucker Foundation, which will cover the cost of volunteer recruitment efforts and training, the process of matching mentors and youth, and match support.  To learn more, visit bbbschatt.org or call (423)-698-8016.


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