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“Purple People” Take Over Middle Tennessee
Big Brothers Big Sisters Celebrates National Mentoring Month

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee is celebrating National Mentoring Month throughout January, and everyone is encouraged to join in this movement.

Throughout January, supporters are encouraged to wear purple, and post selfies explaining that their wardrobe choice is to help spotlight mentoring and pay tribute to previous mentors. Adding the hashtag #PurplePeople helps followers understand the far-reaching effects a mentor can have on another person.


On Wednesday, January 17, “International Mentoring Day,” Mayor Megan Berry has arranged to have the Nashville Courthouse, Korean War Veterans Bridge, and other municipal landmarks lit in purple.

On Thursday, January 25, “Thank Your Mentor Day,” supporters are encouraged to reach out to the individuals who positively impacted them as a young person, and acknowledge the efforts that helped guide personal decisions and aspirations through life.

During this month of multiple efforts and resolutions for the coming year, anyone interested in learning more about becoming a mentor is encouraged to apply as well. The initial volunteer commitment is approximately an hour and half each week for one year with the same child that prospective mentors have been specifically matched with as friends.

While this initial time commitment may seem daunting, consistently volunteers in the program report that their time spent with their Little Brother or Little Sister is the highlight of their week.

In 2017, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee served 1,283 children with a mentor. There are many children waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister who need you to take the first step in helping build a bright future for them.

There are opportunities to mentor a young person during the school day at the same time each week, or with a flexible schedule in the community based option.

For more information, visit or call (615) 329-9191.