Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh Vows No Discrimination

Says Questions About Religion and Sex Orientation Taken Out of Context

Joe DeStio
September 19, 2018 - 3:04 pm
 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh is vowing to comply with all city school district policies when it comes to matching potential volunteers with young people needing a mentor.

Joe DeStio

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh is vowing to comply with all city school district policies when it comes to matching potential volunteers with young people needing a mentor. The matter was brought up by Pittsburgh school board member Moira Kaleida when she heard about some of the questions potential mentors are asked about religion, sexual orientation, and mental health.  Kaleida wondered if the questions could lead to discrimination.

However Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Jan Glick says there is no discrimination.  “We serve all populations, all walks of life, all orientations, all religions,” said Glick. She says those questions are part of a two hour interview to help make a good match between adult volunteers and children.

“We will submit a letter to the board to say that we will be in compliance with their standards,” said Glick. “The district is not unhappy with the service that we provide, and I know we can move forward in a really positive way.”

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