The United Way of Peel Region’s Black Community Advisory Council (BCAC) and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel, are working together to assist at-risk youth. BCAC chair, Sophia Brown Ramsay said the new mentorship program is needed in an area where Blacks were 8.3% of the population in 2006 and 16.6% were visible minorities. The program will match Black children from Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon with adults that “look like them”. BCAC addresses community concerns such as youth unemployment (18.8% in 2010), violence and poverty (estimated that one in five live in poverty).
United Way of Peel funds agencies such as Big Brothers Big Sisters. It has 471 young people registered, a large percentage of whom identify themselves as Caribbean, African and/or Black. There is a waiting list of kids who need mentors. Volunteers are needed. Interested people from the Black community can apply through Big Brothers Big Sisters website – www.bbbspeel.com. The United Way of Peel has set a fund raising goal of $12.8 million. To donate call: 905.602.3650 or visit www.unitedwaypeel.org