African American Mentoring Opportunities

Bigs United is the African American Affinity Group of Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC. This passionate group of mentors and volunteers work to address the need for and expand the network of African American mentors. Through unique events and fundraisers, they are always working to help provide brighter futures for the youth of NYC. 

To learn how to become a mentor in New York City today or if you have any questions please see our Frequently Ask Questions section for more information or just go straight to our signup page to start the process of becoming a mentor.

Panel Discussion: America’s Prison Pipeline: How to “slow the flow”

On Tuesday, February 28 Bigs United will bring together African American young professionals 21-35 from throughout New York City for a panel discussion titled America’s Prison Pipeline: How to “slow the flow”. The panel discussion will touch issues surrounding mass incarceration, the prison and the important role mentoring can play as a preventive measures for youth impacted by this issue.  To RSVP for this free event, email

Why We Need Adult Mentors

Studies show that by 2020 there will be 25,000 children in NYC who risk missing out on getting a good education, a chance at a rewarding career and becoming productive members of society.

  • 43% of children served by Big Brothers Big Sister of NYC are African American
  • Only 12% of our adult volunteer mentors come from the Black communities in New York City

Inspired by founder and Big Brother Alum Danny Madden, Bigs United’s goal is to grow its social media presence and continue to partner with community and corporate organizations, exposing a larger network to the need for more Black mentors. Currently, we have a strong need for African American adult male volunteers who are 21 or older and live within the 5 boroughs of NYC.


  • January 2017 - MLK Day of Service match outing
  • February 9, 2017 - Cigars and Cognac
  • February 22, 2017 Battle in Brooklyn
  • February 28, 2017 - America's Prison Pipeline: And How To Slow The Flow
  • June 2017 - NBA Finals game watch recruitment event
  • October 2017 - African American Community Panel series



How to get involved

Looking to participate or just interested in learning more on how you or your company can be a resource to the Black youth of New York City? We invite you to join us at our next event or at one of our monthly meetings. We encourage to contact us today or even better review our Frequently Ask Questions section to find out more on what it takes to become a mentor and what to expect. 

For more information please contact Alize Beal, Associate Director of Outreach at


Upcoming Bigs United Monthly Meeting:

Next Bigs United Monthly Meeting:

Monday, March 20th , 2017

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Location: Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC
40 Rector Street 11th Floor
New York, NY 10006

Please show a government issued ID in order to enter the building.

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