Dear Community Partners,
This marks my first message to you as the new President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Detroit (BBBSMD), and I am grateful to have received such an honor. What a pleasure it is to join this wonderful organization that’s had an immeasurable impact on youth in our community for nearly half a century! Special thanks to the Board of Directors for entrusting me to lead at this pivotal time when our children need us now more than ever.
For the past two years, due to the pandemic, children have experienced isolation, missed out on important milestones, and struggled with virtual learning. These are just a few reasons they need additional support for mental well-being and guidance now.
I’ve spent more than 20 years devoted to human services, with the last decade focused on youth development, and I could not be more excited about the power of mentoring and the opportunities to connect youth with caring adults at this moment.
As part of my onboarding, I recently had a chance to attend some of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National Conference virtually and I left feeling inspired about the work ahead. I’m also happy to announce that our Detroit Chapter received several awards at the conference, which is a testament to the hard work of our dedicated staff. An uplifting video from the conference can be found here.
I have also enjoyed hearing from many of you, about your own personal experiences with BBBSMD and what it has meant to you, either as a Big or Little, or supporter. I look forward to hearing more stories and invite you to share them as we begin to chart the course for our future. In the words of John C. Maxwell, “Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.”
Over the next couple of months, we will be taking a deep dive into various functions of the organization looking for opportunities to enhance and build upon the great work that has already been started, as we align with the vision of the National office, where possible, while also incorporating the vision of our local Board and staff, and you as a stakeholder.
During this time, we’ll need you to help us recharge our mission, by increasing the number of children served in Metro Detroit, engaging more Bigs so that every child who needs a mentor can have one, providing input through surveys, and creating an endowment to ensure sustainability for years to come, and much more.
It will be a heavy lift, but we can get it done together! With all hands on deck, I am confident we will emerge a bigger, better, and bolder organization.
Thank you for your partnership. I look forward to hopefully meeting each of you soon.