BBBS Program Aims to Ease Tension between Police and Community

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
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Terrell Herring received his bachelor’s degree in biology with high honors from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. He has since built a career as an executive in the pharmaceutical industry, and is currently the president of Mission Pharmacal Company, based in San Antonio, Texas. Outside of work, Terrell Herring, also known as Terry, actively engages in charitable activities, and in the past he has served on the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBS).

In existence for over a century, BBBS is one of the country’s oldest mentoring organizations. Founded on the belief that all children have the potential to succeed in life, the organization matches a child aged six to 18 years with an adult volunteer mentor, who strives to provide the child with a strong role model. Through the years, this program has changed the lives of thousands.

In recent years, BBBS developed Bigs in Blue, a mentoring program that aims to improve relationships between police forces and the communities they serve. The program provides an opportunity for police officer volunteers to interact with a child for 30 minutes to an hour each week at the child’s school. BBBS president Pam Iorio claims that under current conditions, the presence of a police officer is immediately associated with arrest; the Bigs in Blue program aims to change this perception by helping children see police officers as friends rather than adversaries.

In order to expand the project to affiliates across the country, the BBBS has set a fundraising goal of $5 million. To learn more or to donate, visit www.bbbs.org/bigs-in-blue.