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Big Brother Andre Chambers poses with his Little Brother Jabari at a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri outing.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri has a plan. 

By the end of 2019, the organization intends to recruit 90 men to support, mentor and develop 90 "Little Brothers."

Currently, the agency serves about 1,800 young girls and boys. However, there are more than 400 boys still in need of a mentor.

Adam Rockey, right, has been a "big brother" to Johnathan for more than 11 years. The local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters is recruiting first responders to be mentors for kids in the St. Louis area.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri is facing a volunteer shortage. 

More than 600 kids are waiting for a mentor — and about 80 percent are African American boys.

The local branch of the nonprofit is launching a program in the hopes of filling the volunteer gap and building trust within communities of color. The “Big Responders” program will pair police officers, paramedics and firefighters with kids in the St. Louis area. 

Henry Biggs
Courtesy of Henry Biggs

Henry Biggs, an entrepreneur and former dean at Washington University in St. Louis, had a big goal in mind that involved a 27-mile swim for a good cause.

On July 15, Biggs swam around Manhattan to raise funds for educational and mentoring initiatives in Ferguson.

Asia Slaughter (L) and Judith Cochran (R) joined "St. Louis on the Air" host Don Marsh.
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Judith Cochran joined “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh to discuss “Conscious Choice,” a program sponsored by the University of Missouri- St. Louis.

The program focuses on encouraging teen girls in at-risk environments to delay motherhood and graduate from high school. Participating teens that complete the program are recognized and rewarded with various gifts, including scholarships to UMSL.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 20, 2013 - Mary Houlihan spent 26 years crunching numbers at Anheuser-Busch before coming to the St. Louis Public Schools as deputy of superintendent of operations, but she’s never really been involved with teaching children.

So what is she doing meeting regularly with two sixth-grade girls at Carr Lane school, helping them raise their grade in math?

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 16, 2013 - Jacob Beebe, a Washington University grad student in architecture wants to pursue a career in the St. Louis area after graduation, but he hears that that’s not always the case for others.

“You have emerging professionals, as I will be,” said the 24-year-old, “come straight out of college and a lot of times go for bigger and better things on the East and West coasts in large cities where the jobs are.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 13, 2010 - For most new college graduates, a typical lament is that you can't get a job without experience and you can't get experience without a job.

Thanks to the mentoring program sponsored by the Regional Business Council, student Sarah Shehata got both.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 4, 2010 - The Regional Business Council mentoring program is designed to give students behind-the-scenes insight into how companies work as well as a valuable contact they can use to help further their careers.

Based on the reaction of three students who have been in the program this past semester, the program is working just as intended.