Police Chief Outlaw, PPS Superintendent Guerrero join Big Brothers Big Sisters
PORTLAND, Ore. —
Two local leaders have become official mentors with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.
Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw and Portland Public Schools Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero made the announcement Saturday at a gala for the organization.
Both are relatively new additions to Portland leadership.
Guerrero told KATU on Friday that he didn’t plan it ahead of time but was moved by a story from someone who had been mentored through the program.
"Just hearing the young man's testimonial that evening, just very heartfelt, very authentic, I think moved the crowd around the power of mentorship and having a big brother in your life," he said. "Themes like not having a consistent man or father figure in your life -- that's something that resonated with my own personal experience."
Meanwhile, Outlaw will take part in a national initiative called Bigs in Blue, which pairs law enforcement officers with at-risk youth.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters organization said it was “blown away” by the two joining the mentorship organization.