Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in Detroit, Saginaw, Flint, Pontiac and Lansing convened the regions mentoring, juvenile justice, education and socio-emotional health leaders during National Mentoring Month to discuss youth violence prevention through one-to-one mentoring.

The goal of the day was to engage in strategic dialogue about the importance of implementing measurable results-oriented mentoring programs, to develop a shared plan of action based on collective insight and to facilitate collaboration at the local and state level through key partnerships.

Over 100 participants and stakeholders listened as Barbara McQuade, United States Attorney General; Eastern District of Michigan shared how she sees first-hand how important it is to have positive adults help keep kids on track.

Panel participants included Big Brothers Big Sisters leadership, funders, community partners as well as members of law enforcement both local and statewide. Panelists engaged with the audience and moderator, Detroit Free Press columnist, Rochelle Riley on strategic dialogue on how mentoring can be a part of the solution to youth violence in Michigan’s core cities.

Panel discussions segue into featured lunchtime speaker, Harvey Hollins III, Director, Governor’s Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives remarks around revitalizing communities and collective strategies based on data-driven decision-making.

The Summit closed with participants breaking down into smaller groups based on their metro area affiliation to begin discussion around on-the-ground planning that will lead to short and long-term results of violence prevention for youth.



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