BBBSC Statement About Tyre Nichols

Dear BBBSC Community, 

Last week Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado was in Washington DC for the National Mentoring Summit. We spent the week on Capitol Hill advocating for young people and learning how to better serve their needs. We celebrated story after story of youth who have overcome some of life’s greatest obstacles. Countless hours were invested in talking about how to create a better and more equitable future for our nation’s youth. We consistently asked ourselves, how can we breathe life into all young people? 

While we were engrossed in finding ways to support youth, the news broke of the killing of a young Black man, Tyre Nichols. This is an all too familiar narrative in our country. Tyre Nichols was a 29-year-old father, son, and skateboarder who loved photography, his family, and sunsets. Tyre had the most beautiful smile, a smile that could light up any room. Now that smile will light up the world as we continue the fight for our youth.  

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado is a youth serving mentoring agency committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are mothers, fathers, friends, advocates, allies, and defenders of potential. Tyre, we are so sorry that your opportunity to reach your full potential was taken from you.  

To the parents, family, and community of Tyre Nichols we mourn for you and with you. To all young men of color, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado sees you, supports you, and values your life. We will continue to honor Tyre’s legacy and so many others through mentorship and advocacy. Like all human beings, our Black men deserve to reach their full potential, and grow old so that they can marvel at the beauty of many sunsets.