R.to appear Big Sean is a passionate advocate of youth empowerment and drives his efforts to inspire young people to pursue their dreams. The music artist – whose real name is Sean Anderson-has invested in a new workforce and entrepreneurship program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan.
The initiative, called The Industry Club, was launched to introduce Detroit teenagers to a range of career paths that span the intersection of technology, sports, and entertainment. As part of the immersive program, almost 200 teenagers get to know the various facets of these industries and at the same time earn money for their participation. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan are the first chapter to direct a program focused on sports and entertainment. The program supports BGCSM’s larger mission to use economic mobility to eradicate poverty.
“We are excited to offer the sports and entertainment industry club that will be a turning point for the youth of metropolitan Detroit,” said BGCSM President and CEO Shawn H. Wilson said in a statement. “Together with our dynamic industrial partners, we will create a collective impact that will help break the cycle of poverty for many of the youth we care for.” The Sean Anderson Foundation, the Blevins Charitable Fund, the Detroit Pistons, the Children’s Foundation, the Wayne County Commission and the Detroit Red Wings have jointly invested $ 1.5 million in the program. Efforts like that of BGCSM are needed. Studies show that Detroit has a high percentage of disconnected teenagers.
This is not the first time Anderson has campaigned for the Boys & Girls Club. Two years ago he opened a production studio in the Dick & Sandy Dauch Boys & Girls Club as a space for young people who want to start an artistic career to work on their craft. “I think it can save someone’s life if they have to go somewhere. I think there will be a lot more millionaires and billionaires from Detroit and I think the Boys & Girls Club will have something to do with that, ”he said.
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