Pride Center and Big Brothers Big Sisters seek youth mentors

Pride Center San Antonio and Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas are starting a joint mentoring program for LGBT youth. (Courtesy photo: BigMentor.org)

Pride Center San Antonio and Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas are seeking mentors for a new, site-based joint mentoring group for LGBT youth. The program is looking for individuals who “live successful ‘out’ and ‘proud’ LGBTQ lives.”

In an announcement, Pride Center officials say the joint program with Big Brothers Big Sisters is the first of its kind in the nation, adding their goal is to “assist some of the most vulnerable and at-risk youth by partnering them with LGBTQ affirming role models.”

The announcement goes on to say:

Historically, studies show that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth are extremely isolated from traditional social spaces. Where else can these young people turn besides their family, school or faith communities? Mentoring programs provide a safe space and a brave space for young people to share their experiences, feelings and achievements without fear of rejection or judgment.

Mentors will meet once a month with an LGBT student. Those interested in mentoring must attend a one-hour orientation that reviews the program’s guidelines. An application, background check and references will be required of each prospective mentor.

“Pride Center is excited to offer this unique mentoring experience to our LGBTQ youth and community in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters,” says Robert Salcido, board chair of Pride Center SA. “We invite our friends in the community to consider becoming a mentor.”

Orientation for mentors is scheduled for Thursday, January 14 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, January 16 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. To register, email Katie Shute at [email protected].

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