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Sonny Lee, III on Son of a Saint and Mentoring

Karl Lengel
Sonny Lee, III of Son of a Saint

In 1984, former Saints defensive back Bivian Lee, Jr. died tragically at the young age of 36, after suffering a heart attack, leaving behind two young children. Thirty years later, Lee’s son, Bivian "Sonny" Lee founded Son of a Saint, a nonprofit in honor of his late father and single mother.

Recognizing the lack of opportunity for many young men, Son of a Saint pays it forward by mentoring fatherless young males in the community. The program currently provides support for 100 boys, aged 10-19 by offering services including guidance, social interaction exposure, anger management counseling and recreational activities. The logistics are daunting: for every one boy, there's a mother, a mentor, volunteers and a host of people in different activities. When coordinating the 24/7 program required better management, Son of a Saint turned to a local solution to build an app that would coordinate the efforts.

Karl Lengel has worked in the lively arts as an actor, announcer, manager, director, administrator and teacher. In broadcast, he has accumulated over two decades of on-air experience and is currently WWNO’s anchor for NPR’s “All Things Considered” and a host for “Louisiana Considered”. He holds a BS in Professional Management from Nova Southeastern University and an MFA in Film and Theatre from the University of New Orleans.

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