Nationally acclaimed radio personality Michael Baisden has created a campaign to encourage one million Americans to sign up as mentors for children in need through a national outreach effort. The One Million Mentors Campaign to Save Our Kids launched in February and is embarking on a road tour to visit 72 cities in a campaign-themed bus.
At each tour stop along the way, Baisden will host mentoring forums in partnership with local mentoring organizations and affiliates of Big Brothers Big Sisters, National CARES Mentoring Movement, and 100 Black Men.
With more than 14 million young people in need of a mentor, according to Mentoring.org, the tour will visit a total of 72 markets including New Orleans, Nashville, Miami, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Saint Louis, Chicago and Washington, DC. It will also visit four North Carolina cities: Fayetteville (April 7), Greenville (April 8), Raleigh (April 9), and Charlotte (April 10).
At each event, participants will have the opportunity to hear firsthand accounts as local mentors share their personal success stories of working with children in their community. Representatives from local mentoring programs will be available to register qualified adults for training and ultimately match them with area children on waiting lists for mentors.
In addition to driving registration for new mentors, Baisden will also be raising funding for mentoring programs across the tour markets by matching contributions from participants up to $350,000. The Michael Baisden Foundation, which is dedicated to providing educational support in communities, will then direct the funds toward local mentoring programs.
The Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists (CAABJ) is an affiliate chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), a nonprofit organization focused on establishing strong ties among African-Americans working in the media and expanding and balancing the media's coverage of the African-American community and experience.