In just 36 hours, following shocking television images of youths rioting in the streets, the Baltimore chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has received the largest surge in mentor applicants in the organization’s history — a whopping 3,000 percent increase.
That spike in interest is unprecedented, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater ChesapeakeTerry Hickey told NBC News.
“To have people reach out and say, ‘I want to make a commitment for the next year of my life spending every week with a young man or woman,’ is blowing my mind actually,” said Hickey.
The organization has received over 500 mentor inquiries in the past few days, compared to the usual four to five inquiries a day.
“I was worried people would see…
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