African American Mentoring Opportunities

Bigs United is a passionate group of African American mentors and other dedicated volunteers who have launched a grassroots campaign to recruit additional African American adult volunteers to look out for our youth so they can look forward to brighter futures. Meet our presidents and learn about what Bigs United does and why they volunteer.

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.

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 – MLK Day of Service match outing
  • February – Black History Month artist showcase
  • June – NBA Finals game watch recruitment event
  • October – 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:

Tuesday, January 17th, 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.

"Are You Looking Out?"