Chief Roper asking men to become mentors

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A mentoring organization is turning to the power of television with hopes of addressing a serious issue.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham has joined with Chief A.C. Roper to get the attention of males in the Birmingham area.

He appears in a new public service announcement urging males to become mentors.

There are 165 little boys on a waiting list, many whose fathers are incarcerated.

Cindy Manning is a big sister. She believes males don't realize the need for them as mentors.

"A lot of these boys grow up unfortunately without a male role model," said Cindy. "They don't know what it's like to be a man. Its kind of our job to take care of this matter. It's such a fun way to do it. You just go out hang out with a child."

What makes this PSA special is that it was shot right here in Birmingham by a local production company, with little boys and girls who are in the program.

Any males who are interested in volunteering are urged to call big brothers big sisters at    205-939-5590.

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