Carlos Andres Gomez, Author, Man Up Cracking the Code of Modern Manhood, Joins Big Brothers Big Sisters Speakers Bureau

Carlos Andres Gomez, Author, Man Up Cracking the Code of Modern Manhood, Joins
                   Big Brothers Big Sisters Speakers Bureau

PR Newswire

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 5, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Carlos Andres Gomez, an
award-winning writer and performer, has selected Big Brothers Big Sisters as
the call-to-action national non-profit for those who seek solutions after
reading his new book, Man Up Cracking the Code of Modern Manhood (Gotham
Books).

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Gomez, a former social worker in Harlem and the south Bronx and public school
teacher in Philadelphia and Manhattan, wrote the self-revealing book as part
of his quest to build a movement to redefine masculinity for the twenty-first
century male. A poet and speaker, Gomez will support the nationwide
non-profit mentoring network with appearances at fundraisers and male mentor
recruiting events, where he will direct readers looking for resources and
solutions to Big Brothers Big Sisters. 

"Today's young men lack positive role models. There is a void of men to look
up to: absentee fathers, incarceration, deployment, violence, and early death
because of environmental and social conditions that lead to obesity, diabetes,
heart disease and even suicide," Gomez said."It is tough to know where to
turn."

More than two-thirds of the youth served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are
children of color.They are children of single-parent, low-income or military
families or households where a parent is incarcerated."Littles" waiting to be
matched with "Bigs" are disproportionately African American and Hispanic
boys.Independent studies find once matched with a Big are more likely than
their peers from similar circumstances to improve in school, their behavior
and their self-esteem.

As a Latino man, Gomez understands from first-hand experience the
hyper-masculine and emotionally limiting roles that men are taught to play to
look manly, tough and capable. Through a candid look at his own past, Gomez
distills lessons that he picked up along his adventures in life, mistakes he
has made, and changes he hopes he can make, and asks men of all races and
backgrounds to rethink and redefine the key ingredients that comprise a man's
fundamental sense of integrity and honor code.

"If I accomplish what I strive to do with this book, I will give some men the
license, for the first time, to be everything they wanted to be. Not what they
felt like they should be, or ought to be, or have to be, but everything they
are," Gomez said."They will be able to open themselves to the possibility of
living outside the all-too-familiar, cliched script they've been handed.MAN
UP will give them the permission to unlock all of that magic the world made
them hide."

MAN UP provides a different model of manhood, redefining what it means to tell
a guy to "man up!" As opposed to now, where the term too often is used to
devalue sensitivity and discourage emotion or to promote aggression and
unhealthy behavior, Gomez would like to reclaim this phrase to be used to
encourage communication, empathy, and taking responsibility. Through his work
as a teacher, social worker, camp counselor for kids effected by HIV/AIDS, and
world traveler, Gomez exhibits that there are other ways for men to interact,
express their feelings and emotions, and, ultimately, be better men.

About the Author:

CARLOS ANDRES GOMEZ is an award-winning writer and performer from New York
City. A former social worker in Harlem and the south Bronx and public school
teacher in Philadelphia and Manhattan, Gomez has performed at more than 200
colleges and universities and toured across North America, Europe, the
Caribbean, and Africa. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize and named Artist of
the Year at the 2009 Promoting Outstanding Writers Awards, he co-starred in
Spike Lee's #1 movie "Inside Man" with Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, and
Clive Owen and appeared on the sixth season of HBO's "Russell Simmons Presents
Def Poetry."

About Gotham Books:

Gotham Books, a nonfiction imprint of Penguin Group (USA), was launched in
2003 by industry veteran William Shinker. Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is one of
the leading U.S. adult and children's trade book publishers, owning a wide
range of imprints and trademarks, including Berkley Books, Dutton, Frederick
Warne, G.P. Putnam's Sons, Gotham Books, Grosset & Dunlap, New American
Library, Penguin, Penguin Press, Philomel, Riverhead Books, and Viking, among
others. Penguin Group is owned by Pearson plc, the international media group.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported
mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to
achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success; avoidance of risky
behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better
relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and
others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children
("Littles") with screened volunteer mentors ("Bigs") and monitors and supports
these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course. The first-ever
Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Summary, released in 2012,
substantiates that its mentoring programs have proven, positive academic,
socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school
graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of
single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or
serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported
one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better,
forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization's 100-year
history. With about 350 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters
serves nearly 630,000 children, volunteers and families. Learn how you can
positively impact a child's life,donate orvolunteer at
BigBrothersBigSisters.org.

SOURCE Big Brothers Big Sisters

Website: http://www.BigBrothersBigSisters.org
Contact: Kelly Williams, Big Brothers Big Sisters, +1-215-665-7795
Kelly.Williams@bbbs.org; or Beth Parker, Penguin Group, +1-212-366-2213
Beth.parker@us.penguingroup.com
 
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