Big Brothers Big Sisters recently celebrated our remarkably dedicated community partners who volunteer as mentors with our school youth throughout the school year. The recognition luncheon, "Little Moments, Big Magic", was held on June 2nd with over 500 youth, mentors and school officials in attendance. The BBBS school based programs provides an opportunity for a mentors to spend lunch-time with the youth once or twice a month. 

The bond they develop is life changing for both the youth and mentor. According Anthony Bradley, a mentor and vice president of Quality and Process Management for Ford Credit, "When we partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters on the mentoring project at the Detroit Leadership Academy, I thought about my upbringing and what has sustained me. I also thought about the missed opportunities for some of my friends from the neighborhood. They might have fared differently with the right leadership and role models", says Anthony. "It’s pretty exciting to know that I have the opportunity to make a positive difference in a student’s life. It could even be life changing - for both of us.” 

Corporate mentors recognized during the luncheon, included Ford Credit, Greektown Casino, General Motors, Comcast, AAA Michigan, Cambridge Group, Chrysler, Blue Care Network, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Jobs for American Graduates, U.S. Military personnel, Mayor Duggan's Office, and Carhartt. Molina Health Care served as an inaugural sponsor for the event. Shawn Blanchard, mentor, author and motivational speaker, provided a stirring message to the youth and adults about changing obstacles into opportunities. To become a corporate partner for our school based programs, contact clare.carr@bbbsdetroit.org

We are pleased to name Molina Healthcare as our June Partner of the Month for their support of this exciting event and we look forward to our continued relationship.



About Molina Healthcare

Molina Healthcare, Inc., a FORTUNE 500 company, provides managed health care services under the Medicaid and Medicare programs and through the state insurance marketplaces. Through our locally operated health plans in 11 states across the nation and in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Molina currently serves approximately 4.2 million members. Dr. C. David
Molina founded our company in 1980 as a provider organization serving low-income families in Southern California. Today, we continue his mission of providing high quality and cost-effective health care to those who need it most. For more information about Molina Healthcare, please visit our website at molinahealthcare.com.

Many Bigs, Littles and school partners attended the lunch and each received a BBBS lunchbox.
Two Littles talk about their experiences as mentees in our program.
Big Brother Earl and Little Brother Semaj
Speaker Shawn Blanchard, author of the book "How 'Bout that for a Crack Baby"
Scholarship recipient Jasmine Jordan, a high school aged mentor in the Big Leaders program with David Miles. David and Christine Miles have been providing this annual scholarship opportunity to BBBS affiliated youth for years.
Scholarship recipient Maurice Steward, a BBBS Little Brother and David Miles.
 


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