Barbershops across Riverside and San Bernardino Counties are partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire to recruit volunteers for its one-to-one youth mentoring program.
The campaign, Shaping Up for the Future, will continue through February 24, in hopes of recruiting mentors to serve as role models for more than 200 boys across the region who are currently on the waiting list.
Shaping Up for the Future held official kick-off events at several locations on Saturday, February 3, including Gentlemen’s Barber Club, Thee Latest Barbershop and Good News Barber Shop in Rancho Cucamonga; and Shaves & Fades Barbershop, Expensive Habits Barbershop and The Hair Doctors in Riverside.
Every participating barbershop is responsible for educating their clients about the significant impact mentoring young people can have on their futures. The barbershop that brings in the most potential volunteers will receive the “Champion for Change” trophy, which will be presented by Big Brothers Big Sisters on February 28.
Former NFL Giants player and owner of Thee Latest Barbershop in Rancho Cucamonga Terrell Thomas said, “As a former professional athlete, it means a lot to me to give back to the community that I grew up in and help young men stay out of trouble.”
Thomas continued, “You see kids all the time getting in trouble, going to jail and just following the crowd. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a way for these kids to have a better future.”
Through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire program, friendships are built that help young people overcome significant challenges, including an incarcerated parent, exposure to substance abuse, gang violence, human trafficking, and growing up in the foster care system.
Each year, the organization supports more than 1,000 children in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. As a result of their efforts, many young people are becoming the first in their families to earn a high school diploma, go to college, and build a career to achieve sustainable independence and, in the process, creating lasting generational change throughout the Inland Empire.
For more information visit iebigs.org.