Adriana: "I'm Ready to Realize My Dream"
“Growing up, I knew I wanted to go to college. My dad dropped out of school in ninth grade, and though my mom has an associates degree, she always told me how much she regretted not going to a four-year college. With that in my subconscious as I went through health struggles, my dream of becoming a Child Life Specialist emerged.Full Article
Mohamed: "I Want to Be a Role Model and a Leader"
“I moved to the United States at age 3 as a refugee from Senegal, West Africa. During this journey, I became the first in my family to graduate from high school, as well as the first to attend college. Coming from the inner city of Kansas City, Missouri and reflecting on my life, I wish I had more people that looked like me that I could look up to as a beacon of hope knowing that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.Full Article
Josselyn: "I Want to Help Create the Future"
“I want to become a teacher. Growing up with two little sisters helped me discover my love for watching children grow into what they want to become, and I want to be in a position where I can help create the future and nurture it even when I’m not there. We are all destined to get something out of life. As a teacher, I may not be able to live luxuriously, but I want to create something that will grow larger and stay around longer than me. I want to know that I did all I could for my future family and for the future alone.Full Article
Mar'Queies: "Now It's My Turn"
"There are so many ways that having a college degree would help me reach my goals, but the biggest would be to make my mother proud — she is my life. I was born when she was just a senior in high school. Even as a brand new mother, she pursued college to become a nurse. Unfortunately, she didn't get many scholarship opportunities, and she was forced to drop out to care for me. When I was ten years old, my mother went back to college to finish what she had started, and seeing her work so hard inspired me to do great things in my life.Full Article
Discussing Racial Injustice with Our Littles
Gene Willis is Co-Chair of the BBBSKC DEI Board and was the 2014 Kansas City Big Brother of the Year. On the early morning of July 7, 2016, I wrote the following post on my social media platforms following the news of the shooting and death of Philando Castile, a Black male school worker, at the hands of a Minnesota police officer:Full Article