OUR VISION

"To establish programs that will expose pre-college students to careers in government and develop future leaders."

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message from the FLAG Founder - The Honorable J. David reeves

Blacks In Government’s FLAG program will provide opportunities for youth to grow socially, intellectually, and emotionally.  The program is designed to successfully meet developmental needs of youth and help them become productive citizens.  The FLAG program utilizes the talents and skills of BIG members as mentors to help youth transition from adolescence to adulthood. In line with BIG’s preamble, this program will help ensure that our youth will have the opportunity for full, complete and equitable access to jobs, education, advancement, housing and health services.

We have designed the program around five critical areas that will help prepare our youth to reach their full potential—mentorship; financial literary and leadership training; career training and education; pre-professional career opportunities; and scholarship opportunities.  BIG partnered with community organizations, government agencies, corporations, businesses, and other stakeholders to provide youth with opportunities that foster academics, leadership development, personal growth, and life skills.

As BIG members, we have a responsibility to ensure that we introduce youth to the many career opportunities that exist in the government workforce—at the federal, state, and local levels.  Ensuring that our youth are prepared to take our place and progress to high levels in government is in our country’s best interest. Also, we must continue to prepare our youth to become future leaders in Blacks In Government. The need for an organization such as BIG, is as important today as it was when our founders established BIG.  It is still necessary to develop a mechanism for inclusion, growth and power for all present and future Black employees in Federal, State, and local governments.

I challenge each of you to become involved in the FLAG program. There are numerous opportunities for involvement—start a Junior or Senior Flag; recruit undergraduate students in our associate membership category; volunteer to be a mentor; present workshops on leadership, financial literary, and other life skills areas; include local youth as part of outreach programs for internships and student summer hires in your agency; and make a commitment to volunteer your time on a monthly basis to work with FLAG students.

As Immediate Past National President of this great organization, one of my visions was to increase youth involvement in Blacks In Government—to motivate and encourage youth to become part of the BIG experience centered on equity, excellence and opportunity. The FLAG program will accomplish this with BIG members’ commitment to this program. I challenge each of you to become involved in ensuring BIG’s legacy for our future generations. was to increase youth involvement in Blacks In Government—to motivate and encourage youth to become part of the BIG experience centered on equity, excellence and opportunity. The FLAG program will accomplish this with BIG members’ commitment to this program. I challenge each of you to become involved in ensuring BIG’s legacy for our future generations.

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The BIG College Initiative
Careers in Government - A Partnership with the Tom Joyner Foundation