I also had the pleasure of spending time in the Clubs where I may or may not have suffered a shameful defeat against a Club kid in an overly aggressive game of Connect Four.
I also had the pleasure of spending time in the Clubs where I may or may not have suffered a shameful defeat against a Club kid in an overly aggressive game of Connect Four.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan hosted the Great Futures Gala at the Westin Book Cadillac on Nov. 29 to celebrate the group’s 92nd anniversary and honor native Detroiter Matthew P. Cullen, CEO of JACK Entertainment and Principal of Rock Ventures for his commitment to community.
In addition to a gourmet dinner, guests enjoyed a reception featuring award winning journalist and WDIV news anchor, Rhonda Walker, remarks by entrepreneur, CEO of Real Times Media, and Board Chair of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, Hiram E. Jackson, as well as a formal introduction from Social Entrepreneur and new President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, Shawn H. Wilson.
As our premiere event of the year, the Great Futures Gala celebrated the furthering of our mission to provide a positive environment that enables members to become responsible, self-reliant, caring adults. A shining example of these values, our 2018 Youth of the Year, Gabrielle Strother, was honored for her stellar academic success, good character and citizenship.
Check out some of the photos taken by Photographer, Andrea Stinson Oliver from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, 2018 Great Futures Gala:
Why would you leave a Fortune 500 for the nonprofit sector?
Since Crain’s Detroit first broke the story of my leaving Ford to lead the B&GCSM, this has been the number one question asked by media, friends, and colleagues alike. It has become my favorite question. I find myself scooting to the edge of my seat and tapping my foot in anticipation every time it’s posed to me.
When I recently sat down with Mark Lee, host of “Small Talk,” to discuss my new role, he wasted no time in going in! “So why would you leave Ford Motor Company Fund to lead a nonprofit?” he asked. Here’s my answer…
It’s week ✌🏼for our NEW President & CEO @shhwilson and judging by his recent interview on the #SmallTalk Podcast hosted by Mark S. Lee, there are BIG things in store at #BGCSM! Listen to the full interview here (min. 31:00) ➡️ https://t.co/aKk9ebL0GL @leegroup pic.twitter.com/UAWwz1jpBV
— BGCSM (@bgcsem) December 3, 2018
I’ll start with the obvious, it’s a return to my nonprofit roots. The majority of my career has been spent building youth development organizations and it doesn’t hurt that I, myself, was a Club kid growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. But that’s not why I decided to take this new role…at least not totally.
Bottom line, I’m a Social Entrepreneur. I love to build. I love a challenge and I love impact.
Social Entrepreneurs make professional decisions with our heads and our hearts. My heart was drawn to the impact, mission and opportunity to help shape the lives of 15,000 youth annually. And, my head and entrepreneurial spirit saw an opportunity to scale that number and re-imagine the brand of one of the most storied nonprofit organizations in the United States.
Social Entrepreneurs have the ability see opportunity where others do not. Deep down we believe that one day we will be part of solving a major social ill. We’re not driven by money, power, or titles. We are driven by the need to be challenged, solve problems and learn.
The challenge currently facing the Boys & Girls Clubs is very similar to the challenge facing my previous employer, Ford Motor Company. They both must evolve or evaporate because what made them relevant and innovative yesterday, is not the same today. For a Social Entrepreneur, the opportunity to be part of transforming culture, innovating new products and services, and questioning and disrupting dated norms for greater impact is extremely attractive and too tempting to pass up!
In the end, experience, along with the collective wisdom from many mentors over the years, has helped me to develop this understanding of who I am and what drives me. My career has been filled with eclectic set of professional experiences which include building a non-profit for a Grammy Award winning Artist, helping Professional Athletes define and launch their social missions, leading community engagement for Fortune 500 Companies, and innovating grassroots start ups. But, the consistent thread that unites them all is IMPACT. I am proud and humbled by the people, causes, and missions I’ve served throughout my career.
— Men of Courage (@menofcourage__) September 3, 2018
Click here to check out the Small Talk interview to hear more about my decision and plans for making the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Michigan the premier youth empowerment organization in the Country!
Shawn Wilson brings experience as nonprofit seeks to freshen relevancy, step up collaborations, stabilize finances. Appointment follows nine-month search. Organization chairman calls Wilson’s hiring “a game changer”
He will succeed Mary O’Connor, national director of major metro services at Boys & Girls Clubs of America, who is on loan to the local affiliate, serving as interim CEO. O’Connor came on board earlier this year after an earlier interim CEO Brad Baumgardner, someone known as a change agent in the national club’s system, held the role for a short time.
The new role presents an opportunity to work with stakeholders “to reimagine new ways in which the organization can become a driving force for youth and community building in Southeastern Michigan,” Wilson said in a release.
Wilson, 44, brings years of experience in community and youth engagement to the new role. Among other responsibilities in his current role at Ford Motor Co. Fund, he has served as strategic lead for the Ford Resource and Engagement Centers, a $15 million place-based strategy to drive economic mobility for residents in Detroit neighborhoods.
Under his direction, the two Ford Resource and Engagement Centers on the city’s southwest and east sides distributed 2.5 million pounds of food over the past five years, served 30,000 youth and families annually, provided $15 million in tax returns to families and delivered workforce and entrepreneurship training to 8,000 individuals.
More recently, Wilson also served on the leadership team tasked with the initial rollout of Ford’s $740 million Corktown campus project. As the community engagement lead for the project, Wilson oversaw efforts to bring community voices into planning for the new campus.
Prior to Ford, Wilson served as president and CEO of Usher’s New Look in the Atlanta, Ga., area from 2004-2014. In that role he worked with the Grammy-award-winning artist to develop the organizational strategy and program model for the organization.
During his tenure, the nonprofit certified over 21,000 youth as global leaders and delivered 300,000 hours of curriculum-based training in five states and seven global communities including Nairobi, London and Shanghai, according to Wilson’s LinkedIn profile.
In that role, he also led development of “Music Leadership 101,” a social enterprise and blended-learning K-12 curriculum adopted in Georgia, Ohio, North Carolina and Florida.
For the 11 years prior, Wilson was founder, president and CEO of social entrepreneur consultancy SWI Consulting Inc. and Athletes Helping Youth Inc., an Atlanta organization that worked to align high net worth individuals, corporations, foundations and celebrities with community causes and issues including youth obesity, education and gun violence. He also served as senior program director for the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee from 1991-1998.
Boys & Girls Clubs Chairman Hiram Jackson, publisher of the Michigan Chronicle, said he’s known Wilson since his days of working for Usher’s New Look. His hire is “a game changer for us,” Jackson said in a release.
His “transformative thinking and innovative ideas will not only propel the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan to new heights, but also redefine how youth services are delivered to children and families throughout the region,” he said.
Since the beginning of the year, the nonprofit has closed three of its 10 sites, shuttering locations in Shelby Township, Ypsilanti and Detroit as part of a newly adopted strategy to collaborate with other organizations and share space to deliver its programs for youth ages 6-18. Today, it serves over 15,000 youth annually.
The nonprofit is also taking a new look at its programs, lifting up workforce development lessons it’s long taught kids, beginning at age 13. Those include things like how to dress, show up to work on time and provide good customer service, things that have been embedded in the club’s programs traditionally but have never been labeled as “workforce development,” Jackson said in August.
The proceeds from the 2018 Golf Outing will benefit our Fauver-Martin Club located in Highland Park.
For more information contact:
Mark Hackshaw, HPBA President & Golf Committee Chairman at (313) 739-8331
Cheryl Sanford, HPBA Board Member & Board Secretary (313) 736-5260
DETROIT, MI — On Wednesday, December 6, Secretary Ben S. Carson, Sr., M.D. of the U.S. department of Housing and Urban Development will be speaking at Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan’s Great Futures Gala. At the event, David T. Fischer, Chairman & CEO of The Suburban Collection will be presented with the In Celebration Award. Jim Clark, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America will also be attending and speaking at the event.
Each year, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan hosts their Great Futures Gala to honor a member of the community, their Youth of the Year and all those who help create Great Futures at the 10 Clubs in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw Counties. Through the 10 Southeastern Michigan locations, B&GCSM serves 15,000 youth annually.
The event will be held at the Detroit Athletic Club, reception starts at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner at 7:00 pm.
For more information: http://www.bgcsm.org/events/
DETROIT – September 21, 2017 – Len Krichko, President & CEO, for Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, has announced that he will retire at year end after serving the organization since 1997.
Hiram E. Jackson, Chair of the Board, stated “We want to thank Len Krichko for his outstanding leadership over the past 20 years. He has doubled the size of our organization, expanded our programs and provided a solid foundation for institutional growth. We are pleased that Len will work with us in 2018 as our Executive Consultant to ensure a smooth transition for the organization’s future.”
The organization will initiate a national search immediately to find a new president and CEO.
Under Krichko’s leadership, the organization grew to 10 locations throughout southeast Michigan serving 15,000 youth annually. During his career, he has received national, regional, state and local awards. He opened the first Boys & Girls Clubs in Public Housing in Detroit, Michigan and Cleveland, Ohio.
In May, Len was recognized and inducted into the Masters and Mentors Class of 2017 at Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 111th Annual National Conference in Dallas, Texas. The Masters and Mentors Award is the highest level of recognition that can be bestowed on an individual. Len was one of four individuals to receive this national award this year.
Prior to his current role, Len was President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland in Ohio for 10 years and served as the Executive Director of Hudson Boys’ Club in Massachusetts for two years. His lifelong involvement with Boys & Girls Clubs began as a member of the F.H. Buhl Club of Sharon, Pennsylvania.
Since 1926, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan has provided high quality programs for youth, ages 6-18, grades 1st-12th. The organization has 10 locations throughout southeast Michigan in four counties and serves 15,000 youth annually. Since its founding, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan has served over 300,000 youth. Ninety percent of the youth served graduate from high school and 95 percent of graduates go on to higher education. Key programs include academic success, healthy lifestyles/fitness and character and leadership development.
DETROIT – May 15, 2017 – Len Krichko, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan was recognized and inducted into the Masters & Mentors Class of 2017 at Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 111th Annual National Conference in Dallas, Texas. The Masters and Mentors Award is the highest level of recognition that can be bestowed on an individual. Len was one of four individuals to receive this national award this year.
Len Krichko, President & CEO, said “I am very humbled, honored, and proud to receive this prestigious recognition and to be part of such an esteemed group of leaders that are committed and dedicated to helping provide youth with opportunities to succeed in life”.
Len has served as President & CEO for Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan since 1997. The organization has doubled in size under his leadership, growing to 10 locations serving 15,000 youth annually. He previously was President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland in Ohio and served as the Executive Director of Hudson Boys’ Club in Massachusetts. His lifelong involvement with Boys & Girls Clubs began as a member of the F.H. Buhl Club of Sharon, Pennsylvania.
During his career, Len has helped raise $125 million to help support programs, operations, capital projects and endowment growth in serving hundreds of thousands of youth. He opened the first Boys & Girls Clubs in Public Housing in Cleveland, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan.
Since 1926, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan has provided high quality programs for youth, ages 6-18, grades 1st-12th. The organization has 10 locations throughout southeast Michigan in four counties and serves 15,000 youth annually. Since its founding, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan has served over 300,000 youth. 90% of the youth served graduate from high school and 95% of graduates go on to higher education. Key programs include academic success, healthy lifestyles/fitness and character and leadership development.
DETROIT – January 6, 2017 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan (B&GCSM) recently announced that it has named Hiram E. Jackson as its new chair of the board. Inheriting the gavel from Tom Hoeg—who served as chair for a record six terms (12 years)—Jackson is the first alumnus to serve as chair of the 91-year-old organization.
Len Krichko, President & CEO, said “We are very honored and proud to have one of our own, Hiram E. Jackson, a community leader, leading our organization. Hiram has been very successful in his career and it is truly inspirational that he is giving back to the organization that he credits in saving his life.”
“It is an honor of unspeakable measure to have been tapped to lead Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan,” said Jackson, who also serves as publisher of the state’s oldest African American newspaper, the Michigan Chronicle and CEO of its parent company, Real Times Media. “I joined the Highland Park facility (now renamed the Fauver-Martin Club) when I was six years old and continued throughout high school. This organization’s dedication to making a positive impact on area youth truly changed my life and helped to shape the man I am today. To now be in the position to continue that legacy and drive impact for the future generations of southeastern Michigan youth is incredible.”
Along with being CEO of multimedia company Real Times Media and publisher of the Michigan Chronicle, Jackson brings a wealth of board experience to B&GCSM as he also serves on the boards for the Detroit Zoological Society, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and the Detroit Branch of the NAACP. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
Since 1926, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan has provided high quality programs for youth, ages 6-18, grades 1st-12th, in our community. Today, we have 10 Clubs located throughout metro Detroit in four counties and serve over 15,000 youth annually through our many programs.
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United Auto Workers Vice President James “Jimmy” Settles was honored last week by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan as its 2016 Great Futures honoree at the Great Futures Gala in Detroit.
Len Krichko, president and CEO of B&GCSM, said, “Jimmy has been a great and longtime friend to communities throughout Detroit and around the state and nation. He is one of our alums who grew up in Detroit and has talked a lot about what the club has done for him,” Krichko said. “He continues to do great things to help the children of B&GCSM through the UAW and on a personal level. We couldn’t think of a better person to honor than Jimmy because he really knows what the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Michigan is all about.”
Settles, an alumnus of the B&GCSM of Highland Park, has been involved in activism for decades. In 1968, he began his career as a trade union activist with the UAW Local 600 with the Ford Motor Company’s Dearborn Foundry and Michigan Casting Center. In addition to activism, Settles has a long history of mentoring and outreach to children globally. He credits his success to his parents and mentors at the B&GCSM of Highland Park as the catalysts for his passion for outreach and philanthropy.
“I joined the Boys Club when I was six years old. Other than my parents, the Boys & Girls Club has had the most impact on my life. It became a safe place to go because I lived in a tough neighborhood and there was a lot of idle time in the streets when my parents were working. However, I really believe the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Michigan is needed now more than ever,” Settles said.
“It means a lot to be honored by an organization that has had such a great impact on my life as a kid, Hopefully, I’m able to help raise more money so these Clubs will continue to grow and continue to give young people the same resources and opportunities I had as a club member. This organization has blessed me and I just want to bless it back by finding ways to empower its young boys and girls.”
B&GCSM said Settles is “one of the community’s greatest champions for children” because of his tireless work for children that includes purchasing uniforms for an entire school and starting and funding a chess program at an inner city school.
At the gala, Hiram Jackson, CEO of Real Times Media, alumnus of B&GCSM of Highland Park and friend of Settles was announced as the new chair of the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, replacing former chair Tom Hoeg.
“This year, the Boys & Girls Club celebrates 90 years serving the communities of southeastern Michigan. This organization is committed to having a positive impact on our area youth as it did me when I joined the Highland Park facility at just six years old,” Jackson said.
“I was pleased to learn that my dear friend Jimmy Settles, 2010 Michigan Chronicle Men of Excellence awardee and fellow Boys & Girls Club alumnus, was selected as this year’s honoree for their annual gala. Jimmy is active in a wide range of activities centered around the enrichment of and creating opportunity
for the young people in the community.”
By Alisha Dixon