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.


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.


The 3rd annual Battle in Brooklyn is a DJ competition bringing together talented performers from across New York City to help raise awareness of the critical need for more African-American mentors. This FREE event will also allow guests to learn fundamental DJ techniques, while enjoying complimentary food and open bar. The grand finale is our old-school DJ battle where 4 DJ’s battle for the championship trophy and a $500 cash prize.


1st 50 to RSVP get entered to win opening-weekend passes to see Marvel’s Black Panther tickets. Plus additional giveaways, photo booths and more!


Location-BRIC House Ballroom

647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Time- 7pm to 10pm




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 Jenya Walters at



Upcoming Bigs United Monthly Meeting:

Next Bigs United Monthly Meeting:

Next Meeting Date: Monday, March 19th

Time: 6:30PM
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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