Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region, Rich Howard, shares some big news with MBN’s Jeffrey Mosher. Rich is excited about Big Brother Big Sisters Roy C. Jackson Scholarship Program. The Program is set to help fund college for high school graduates that are involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters. “One of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ main goals is to help our littles with academic achievement and college-readiness,” Rich comments. “Giving our high school graduates financial assistance is just another way to continue our mission to improve the lives of those involved in our program.”
Roy C. Jackson, the man who funded the scholarship, was a little himself at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Michigan Capital Region over 50 years ago. After a lifetime spent as a career force Navy veteran, he decided to leave his trust to Big Brothers Big Sisters in hopes to help at-risk children get a better chance in life.
In this interview, shared below, Rich discusses the local chapter's history (been around for 63 years) and their mission. Then their desperate need for volunteers and what's involved in volunteering. He also shares the outcomes which can be seen with the program.
Currently, Big Brothers Big Sisters has a waiting list of children and are looking for more adult mentors. Those interested can visit http://www.bbbsmcr.org/volunteer/ for more details.