The Knoxville Police Department and Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee are teaming up to create a mentoring program for kids in our community called Go Big! Knoxville.
According to Elizabeth Malone with KPD, the goal of Go Big! Knoxville is to provide children and youth who are facing adversity in our community with greater opportunity. The program hopes to match at least 100 children and youth in our community, also known as “Littles,” with 100 volunteer mentors, or “Bigs,” by July 2020.
Bigs and Littles are uniquely matched by trained staff members based on common interests, hobbies, personality traits, etc. to ensure a successful, long lasting mentoring relationship, according to the organization.
A kickoff event is happening Monday, Jan. 28 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
They will be celebrating the kickoff of Go Big! Knoxville at the Regas Building.
Along with community partners, they hope to raise community awareness for this new mentoring program.
At the event, they will have several prominent speakers, including Mayor Madeline Rogero, Knoxville Police Chief Eve Thomas, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee CEO Brent Waugh, Big Brother Sgt. Jeremy Maupin, and Big Brother Officer B.K. Hardin.