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Three of the country’s largest black fraternities are joining forces with Big Brothers Big Sisters to help woo black men into the mentoring program.

Big Brothers Big Sisters President and CEO Judy Vredenburgh says the nonprofit has struggled to attract minorities to pair with a growing list of black youths from mostly single-parent homes who are signing up in droves. The fraternities will urge their 250,000 active members to become mentors, as well as hold recruitment drives for Big Brothers Big Sisters at everything from to college campuses to barbershops.

Spokeswoman Kelly Williams says Big Brothers Big Sisters has a list of about 8,500 black boys who are waiting for mentors, which represents 40 percent of the boys waiting to be matched.

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