Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is excited to announce its inaugural Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Council, to support our long-standing commitment to empower all young people. The 11-member group, made up of business and nonprofit leaders and experts, will bring their expertise and compassion to BBBSA to cultivate strategies, curate concepts, and advise on JEDI issues affecting youth, staff, volunteers, and communities across the country.
Ensuring the opportunity for all voices and perspectives to be heard and honored is an integral part of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ values and mission. The formation of this cohort is part of BBBSA’s responsibility to create a nondiscriminatory and anti-racist approach to dismantle any inequities within its policies, systems, programs, and services, so all young people can experience a strong mentoring relationship in their lives.
The JEDI Council is comprised of selected experts and leaders in, and allies of, diverse communities, including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), LGBTQ, higher education, including Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Greek letter organizations, and representatives from government, healthcare, and mental health institutions. Cheslie Kryst, Miss USA 2019 and BBBSA board member, will serve as co-chair alongside Jana Brown, EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Centurion Health.
“I’m honored to serve as co-chair of such a dynamic group of individuals with shared values and commitment to creating access, equity and opportunity for all,” said Cheslie Kryst. “I look forward to the opportunity to come together for important conversations about what’s happening in the world today, how it’s impacting young people, and the role we play in devising solutions that empower all youth to stay on the path to a successful future.”