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Dave Bing Launches Fourth Year of Fast-Growing Mentoring Program for Young Men of Color

Former Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to speak at annual event

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Detroit, MI – Former Detroit Mayor and NBA legend Dave Bing will mark the fourth year of his successful BINGO mentoring initiative with a dinner and program for mentors, mentees, parents, sponsors and partners. The invitation-only event takes place on Thursday, October 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the UAW-Ford National Programs Center, 151 West Jefferson Avenue in Detroit.

BINGO, which stands for “Boys Inspired through Nurturing, Growth & Opportunities,” is part of the Bing Youth Institute (BYI), whose mission is to enhance the lives of Detroit-area youth through mentoring, academic support, and recreational opportunities. 

The keynote speaker for the fourth year kickoff event is former Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. “Kevyn’s integral role in putting Detroit on course for a rebirth makes him an excellent person to talk about the role of our young Black and Hispanic men in rebuilding our city,” said Bing. “More importantly, Kevyn is raising his own son and must personally deal with the some of the same challenges and issues that our mentors and mentees face. Although the two of us weren’t always on the same page when I was mayor, I am pleased that we can come together on this very important initiative.”

For 2017-18, BINGO has matched more than 100 African-American male mentors with over 100 young men of color from 21 Detroit-area schools. When the program began in 2014, there were four schools and 40 mentors. Since the inception, more than 90 percent of mentors and mentees continue to participate in this vital program.

The BINGO mentoring program uses four key components to prepare urban young men for productive and successful lives: One-on-One Mentoring, Social Emotional Learning, Educational and Social Outings, and Mentee Leadership Forums.

BINGO and BYI are supported by major corporations, organizations and foundations, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Comer Holdings Foundation, Comerica Bank, Detroit Pistons, DTE Energy, Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford Health System, Hudson-Webber Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Lear Corporation, Manoogian Foundation, Minority Automotive Suppliers, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, The Skillman Foundation, UAW-Ford, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Global Psychological Services and Heritage Optical have provided pro bono services. In addition, the partner organizations have encouraged their African-American male employees to become mentors in the program. For more information on BINGO and BYI, visit www.bingyouthinstitute.org or call 313.392.7016.

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