Mayor Pete Buttigieg Announces Booster Club to Serve City's Youth

Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Joseph County will serve as lead partner

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has announced the formation of a booster club to support mentoring services to the city's youth and Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Joseph County is proud to be the lead partner in this initiative.

The goal is to double the number of matches we currently serve to reach 500 children in total over the next two years.

"We already have a mentoring system that works in the community with Big Brothers Big Sisters," the Mayor told reporters following a press conference held to announce the initiative at the Charles Martin Youth Center on May 20th. "This is just about finding the resources to build on what they're already doing well."

Those resources include partnerships with local radio, TV and print media to help recruit additional mentors through a concerted publicity campaign. Donations will also be sought to fund the increase in services.

"We are very excited and appreciative of the Mayor's willingness to further our reach to children who face adversity and need a Big Brother or Sister mentor to help them succeed and thrive in life," said Deborah Burrow, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Joseph County.

For more information on this initiative and the partners who have pledged to work with us to reach this important milestone in our agency's history, visit