Big Brothers Big Sisters Chosen as Golden Globe® Philanthropic Cause

Spike Lee at the Golden Globes

New 2021 Golden Globe® Ambassador Jackson Lee, son of Spike Lee, selected Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) as the cause he will support during his ambassadorship. BBBSA will receive a grant of $25K.

Spike Lee at the Golden Globes

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America was chosen as a charity of choice at as part of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s (HFPA) naming of the Golden Globe® Ambassadors yesterday.

Jackson and Satchel Lee, children of legendary filmmaker and three-time Golden Globe nominee Spike Lee and his wife, producer, and philanthropist Tonya Lewis Lee, were named as the 2021 Golden Globe® Ambassadors. Their appointment marks the first time in HFPA history that two siblings of color have held the position, with Jackson being the first Black male Ambassador.

The siblings will work with two different charities throughout their ambassadorship. Jackson chose Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, which creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Satchel selected Callen Lorde, which provides quality healthcare and related services to the LGBTQIA+ communities in New York. Both organizations will receive a $25,000 grant from the HFPA, totaling $50,000 made on the Lees’ behalf.

“Having my dad as a mentor inspired me to choose Big Brothers Big Sisters, a charity built upon the foundation that forming positive, intergenerational relationships can have a profound impact on young lives,” said Jackson Lee, who recently stepped into the big shoes of his father, a longtime collaborator of the Nike Air Jordan brand, to design a pair of his own. “As a visionary creative, my dad taught Satchel and me the importance of entertainment as a cultural catalyst of change.”

While Jackson was born into the most optimum parenting situation, many young people need additional adult role models to help them through the ups and downs of life and help them discover a bright, successful future.

“As a mentor who has seen firsthand the life-changing work of Big Brothers Big Sisters, I’m so encouraged to see such a prominent family like the Lees champion the great impact of this organization,” said Chad Van Horn, Esq., Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward Board Chair. “Big Brothers Big Sisters truly does defend the potential of youth, here in Broward County and across the nation. I am humbled and honored to serve this great organization.”

“I’m grateful for the Golden Globe® recognition and its financial contribution,” added Malena Mendez-Dorn, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward. “I’m also so appreciative to our Big Brother and Big Sister mentors, people like Chad, who recognize the value of giving time to the generation of the future.”

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Founded in 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is the largest and most experienced youth mentoring organization in the United States.

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ evidence-based approach is designed to create positive youth outcomes, including educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence, and improved relationships.

Big Brothers Big Sisters has 230+ local agencies serving more than 5,000 communities across all 50 states. For more information, visit or call (954) 584-9990.

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