A Letter from the CEO: Capitol Hill Day

May 2024 | From The CEO, Get Involved

On May 14, we visited Lansing to spread the word to legislators about our mission and impact across the state.

During Michigan Big Brothers Big Sisters Alliance’s Capitol Hill Day in Lansing there was a significant opportunity to speak with state legislators about mentorship’s vital role mentorship plays in unlocking the potential of young people at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Michigan.

Over a dozen passionate and dedicated Big Brothers Big Sisters leaders and supporters from Michigan agencies converged in Lansing, advocating for financial investment in youth mentorship, mental health and workforce development programs. We requested $15 million over three years ($5 million annually) to recruit volunteer mentors for children on our waiting lists across the State. 

We believe that with the support and empowerment of an adult mentor, young people can achieve their fullest potential — regardless of the challenges they encounter. However, 1 in 4young people grow up without a positive, sustained mentor in their lives.

That’s why it’s crucial to maintain our momentum and ensure policymakers hear our voices. Through our united advocacy, we aim to guarantee that more young people will have a dependable mentor to guide them through life’s challenges.

We also held a reception at the Jackson Stadium, home of the Lansing Lugnuts, to network with agencies, staff and legislators to celebrate our momentum and cap off the day of purpose with some fun!  We know that we are BIGGER TOGETHER and this was a day that we really felt that momentum.

Jennifer Spitler, LMSW
President and CEO
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Michigan

There are many ways to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Michigan, including:

Give a Little Time.

Volunteer or mentor with BBBS.

  • Change a life: Be a positive role model and friend to a young person in need.
  • Flexible options: Choose a mentoring program that fits your schedule (in-person or school-based).
  • Lasting impact: Create a meaningful friendship that empowers a child to reach their full potential.

Be Big.

Support the BBBS mission.

  • Donate: Every contribution helps BBBS continue its vital work.
  • Become a Match Maker: Support the program with a recurring monthly donation.
  • Spread the word: Share our mission and encourage others to get involved.

Share a Little Moment.

Share your story.