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New Orleans Bivian “Sonny” Lee, III

Director Comey and Bivian “Sonny” Lee, III

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The New Orleans Division honors Bivian “Sonny” Lee, III, founder of the Son of a Saint non-profit organization and a mentor to fatherless young men.

Mr. Lee founded the Son of a Saint organization in July 2011, as he recognized that so many young males were left fatherless due to incarceration, death, or abandonment. As the name indicates, Mr. Lee is the Son of a Saint. His father was Bivian Lee, who played in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints and died of a heart attack at the age of 36, leaving 3-year-old Sonny fatherless, just like the youth he now mentors.

Mr. Lee founded the organization on the principles of providing life skills, tutoring, mental health care, and guidance to young men ages 9-18, many of whom don’t have a father figure in their lives. To enroll in the Son of a Saint program, a participant must reside in a home where no male 18 years or older resides. Young men must maintain both passing grades and satisfactory conduct in school and must successfully complete a minimum of four hours of training within the Son of a Saint education and mentoring program.

In addition to providing one-on-one interaction, drug and violence prevention counseling, leadership training through organized sports, and life lessons, Mr. Lee emphasizes the importance of community service to program participants. He facilitates monthly community service projects to assist with citywide clean-up endeavors, feeding the homeless, and other random acts of kindness. It is Mr. Lee’s hope that through his program, he can help stop the chain of fatherlessness that has affected so many young men.


FBI Director Recognizes
Distinguished Community Leaders
Director’s Community Leadership Awards

In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters on April 4, 2014, Director James B. Comey recognized the recipients of the 2013 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“This year’s honorees have distinguished themselves in remarkable ways through their hard work, their leadership, and their strength of character,” said Director Comey. “They are ordinary citizens, but what they have accomplished is nothing short of extraordinary.”

Recipients of the 2013 Director’s Community Leadership Award are:

- Albany
- Albuquerque
- Anchorage
- Atlanta
- Baltimore
- Birmingham
- Boston
- Buffalo
- Charlotte
- Chicago
- Cincinnati
- Cleveland
- Columbia
- Dallas
- Denver
- Detroit
- El Paso
- Honolulu
- Houston
- Indianapolis
- Jackson
- Jacksonville
- Kansas City
- Knoxville
- Las Vegas
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles
- Louisville
- Memphis

- Milwaukee
- Minneapolis
- Mobile
- New Haven
- New Orleans
- New York
- Newark
- Norfolk
- Oklahoma City
- Omaha
- Philadelphia
- Phoenix
- Pittsburgh
- Portland
- Richmond
- Sacramento
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Juan
- Seattle
- Springfield
- St. Louis
- Tampa
- Washington Field
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