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EMAGINE ENTERTAINMENT AND GLOBAL ARTIST BIG SEAN PARTNER ON INNOVATIVE COLLABORATION FOR FOOD, FASHION AND COMMUNITY EFFORT WITH BIG SEAN SIGNATURE MENU ITEM AT EMAGINE LOCATIONS

SEAN ANDERSON FOUNDATION

NOVEMBER 10, 2022

DETROIT, MI, November, 10, 2022- Emagine Entertainment, Inc., an innovator in luxury theatres, has announced a new partnership with global superstar Big Sean.  Under this new agreement, Emagine and Big Sean are coming together to create an innovative offering of Big Sean’s favorite movie snack combo while supporting charity and providing guests a custom designed T-Shirt.  The Big Sean Cinema Mix will be available at select Emagine Locations starting November 10th. 

This is the first time Emagine has featured a celebrity’s name on a menu item.  The Big Sean Cinema Mix will include a Large Detroit Style Mix Popcorn, Large Drink, and a Bag of Better Made Chips, plus a collectable Big Sean Don Life T-Shirt which was custom designed exclusively for this offering for $40.  This meal combination is Big Sean’s go-to snack mix when visiting an Emagine to watch his favorite movie.  The T-Shirt will be available separately for $30. Price and participation may vary.  

 

A portion of proceeds from each purchase of the Big Sean Cinema Mix will go to the Sean Anderson Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club. 

 

“Extraordinary concessions are synonymous with the movie going experience at Emagine,” said Anthony LaVerde, CEO of Emagine Entertainment.  “Teaming up with Big Sean, a true fan of Emagine to create a menu item that he regularly enjoys at our theatres was a natural progression of our ongoing partnership, and to be able to bring a charitable component to this concept takes it to a different level.”  

 

“I’m so excited to be teaming up with Emagine on this initiative that brings the community together. We’re going to be serving up some of my favorite movie snacks with some Don Life merch for a great cause,” said Big Sean. 

 

This unique offering will last while supplies last at participating Emagine locations.  For more information on Emagine, please visit www.emagine-entertainment.com .

 

 

DETROIT, MI, September, 23, 2020- The Sean Anderson Foundation has donated

$10,000 to benefit the Wayne State University HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher)

Program. The HIGH Program has been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

and these funds will offer emergency resources to the HIGH Program.

Big Sean, a native Detroiter, established the Sean Anderson Foundation to provide better opportunities for those in need. Big Sean exemplifies his commitment to assisting young people’s lives when his foundation created a $25,000 endowment for the program in 2016. Wayne State’s First Lady Jacqueline Wilson founded the HIGH Program in 2013 when she
met a medical student who had experienced homelessness while attending school. The HIGH Program offers a strategic response to the homelessness issue on Wayne State’s campus. The program assists financially challenged, precariously housed, and homeless
students reach their goal of earning their college degree.

More information about the Wayne State’s HIGH Program can be found at highprogram.wayne.edu.

About the Sean Anderson Foundation

Recording artist and entrepreneur Big Sean, with a vision to improve the quality of life for young people and their families, founded the Sean Anderson Foundation in 2012. The foundation accomplishes this by partnering with other established organizations, by providing avenues for supplemental education, cultural, health and recreational programs, and through its signature educational program, Mogul Prep.

About the HIGH Program

The HIGH Program was founded in 2013 to address student homelessness at Wayne State University. The vision of the HIGH Program is a university community where no student must choose between higher education and survival. The mission of the program is to
support students who struggle to balance their Wayne State University studies with meeting life’s most basic needs of food, shelter, and childcare.

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Thank You for Helping to Raise Over $300,000 for the BGCSEM

SEAN ANDERSON FOUNDATION

April 27, 2020

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Big Sean, Ludacris, Hill Harper, Jerome Bettis, Detroit Sports Stars, Detroit

Radio Personalities, and Bad Boy Rick Mahorn drive successful online

fundraiser. Presented by Amerisure, Sean Anderson Foundation, Coca-Cola

Foundation, iHeartRadio, Comcast and Dearborn Sausage/Donald & Mary Kosch.

 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan (BGCSM) raised over $321K during their first-ever BGCSM Virtual Fundraiser on April 23rd – which exceeded their original $100K goal. The virtual event featured celebrities “taking over” BGCSM’s newly launched virtual Club where they competed against each other and Club youth in games like Family Feud, Shazam and Bad Jokes.

 

Additionally, Big Sean hosted a sixteen bars rap challenge for aspiring rappers in Detroit. The winner, Mr. Jarvis-LaRue Brown—BGCSM Club Director of the Matilda R. Wilson Club, won a 30-minute A&R consultation with Omar Grant, the co-president of RocNation.

 

The BGCSM Virtual Club provides daily programming and mental health breaks for Club youth ages 8-18 years old. The fundraiser mirrored the daily Virtual Club experience which includes a live DJ, interactive games and skill challenges. Today’s virtual Club had 300 unique devices and over 1,000 attendees.

 

“We’re overwhelmed by the support we received from the Community. Today was something our youth and families will never forget,” said BGCSM President & CEO, Shawn H. Wilson. “Tripling our fundraising goal demonstrates the importance of continuing to move forward regardless the circumstance. I think when people see you fighting and innovating to meet your mission they want to invest in that energy!”

 

“I deeply appreciate everyone that participated in the Virtual Takeover to support and uplift the kids and families in our community,” said rapper & founder of the Sean Anderson Foundation, Big Sean. “It was a fun-filled event and I am happy to have been able to be a part of it. Blessings to you all.”

 

BGCSM, like many businesses and nonprofits have undergone a tremendous funding gap created by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in Club closures and fundraising event cancellations. All proceeds will help ensure additional resources to provide daily virtual programming, family wellness checks and facilitate plans to reopen select Clubs for essential workers.

 

“We all have the responsibility to TURN BACK, REACH BACK, and GIVE BACK,” said Chris “Ludacris” Bridges. “That’s why I’m so happy to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan on the Virtual Club. They share our desire to help youth succeed and provide them with a hand up.”

 

Additional event sponsors included T-Mobile, Deerbrook Charitable Trust, Sterling Insurance Group, The Ludacris Foundation, RHP Properties, Toyota, Trey Flowers from the Detroit Lions, Niko Goodrum from the Detroit Tigers, Matt and Karen Cullen, Anthony Laverde and the Glantz Family Charitable Trust.

Virtual Club Takeover

SEAN ANDERSON FOUNDATION

April 21, 2020

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This Thursday, April 23, 2020, you are invited to a once in a lifetime online

fundraising party that’s sure to bring fun, smiles and laughter to the entire family,

and all of the proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan’s

COVID-19 response efforts!

With a star-studded Detroit guest lineup including Big Sean and members from the Detroit Pistons, the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers, join us for this engaging two-hour virtual fundraising celebration presented by Amerisure, the Sean Anderson Foundation and iHeart Radio.

In a time when we all must come together, unified in support for our most precious community assets, the Sean Anderson Foundation asks that you look towards making a $250 minimum contribution to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan on this special day. Know that your significant acknowledgement and recognition goes directly towards the important work for the youth and families that are served by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan.

Reimagine family fun with our guests, as we all join together for celebrity game challenges, bad jokes, family fued, Shazam and much more!

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Stitching together our efforts to create meaningful, true and lasting change for

others, the Sean Anderson Foundation stands with a beautiful blanket of

organizations, individuals and initiatives that span across the world, actively

working together in both partnership and the ascended vibration of goodwill

to achieve our goals. Prior to the onset of this pandemic, we know that the amount of need that existed throughout our City of Detroit, State of Michigan and the United States was staggering; for that reason, in acknowledging those who are both hurting now and who may have already been in positions of opposition, struggle and adversity, the Sean Anderson Foundation continues to stand with you. Our mission and dedication to the youth of our city and throughout the world is unwavering, and in these times, if we can offer any daily assurance to you, may it be this: We will arise from these moments of darkness. We will bounce back even stronger and wiser than before, and we pray that this moment in time allows us all to find new and innovative ways to be more kind and compassionate towards ourselves and each other. We’re in this together.

As we continue to find ways of staying educated, healthy, informed and engaged during these times, the Sean Anderson Foundation wants to create a singular page of both Detroit and nationwide support initiatives and networks that may prove beneficial to others-  a one-page resource directory.

If you are offering essential assistance and/or in need of volunteer support, please send us an email and/or message via our contact page! In your message, please identify the city/state of the available resource or need, clear contact information for others to get in touch with you, and please, using 50 words or less, give us a description about your service/need for this public resource directory.

This is in no way a partnership with the Sean Anderson Foundation; rather, this is an opportunity for us to foster our website as an available directory to our communities in need who are often under-served.

Thank you to the Detroit Free Press, The Cut and others who have publicly and anonymously contributed to the links available here.

 

DETROIT : Giving Back During the Coronavirus in 2020

Tide Loads of Hope Powered by Tide Cleaners will provide free laundry services to medical personnel, police officers, firefighters and their immediate family members at all Tide Cleaners locations in the metro Detroit area. Visit Hope.TideCleaners.com to find out more about the service and find the nearest Tide Cleaners.

D’Amato’s Italian Restaurant / Iron Horse in Royal Oak is closed due to the corona virus and is selling t-shirts, 100% of the proceeds go to the employees.

Pietzryk Pierogi in Detroit is offering free food to restaurant employees through a pay it forward program.

Bikes & Coffee in Detroit is selling stickers, socks and gift cards for bike maintenance.

Eli Tea in Detroit is selling rainbow t-shirts and sweatshirts.

Sister Piein Detroit is selling Mugs and Grocery Bags.

Norma G’s in Detroit is selling hot sauce and gift cards.

Supino Pizzeria in Detroit is selling canvas tote bags & sweatshirt.

Detroit Institute of Bagels is closed due to the corona virus and is raising funds with coffee mugs and baby onesies.

Voyager in Ferndale is selling sweatshirts, gift cards and a large portion of the proceeds is going to employees.

Lake Superior State University and the community of Sault Ste. Marie came together to donate supplies to War Memorial Hospital to provide support to fight against COVID-19. They have pulled together existing resources from Nursing Labs, Chemistry and Biology areas, LSSU has provided additional hospital beds, IV pumps, N95 masks and face shields. Additionally, the use of LSSU 3-D printers through the Engineering department have provided support to Great Lakes Composites Institute of Bay Mills Community College to assist in producing 40 face shields per day over the next 14 days. The face shields will be provided to local healthcare and hospice facilities to support the immediate and long term needs of the facilities.

AAA-The Auto Club Group is supporting Beaumont Health System by donating 100 Samsung Galaxy tablets. Tablets will help isolated Beaumont patients being treated for COVID-19 to communicate with their loved ones and will be distributed to Beaumont hospitals throughout SE Michigan.

The Detroit PistonsWayne CountyLineage LogisticsUnited Dairy Industry of MichiganFlagstar Foundation and AAA The Auto Club Group announced a $375,000 grant to Forgotten Harvest providing immediate support to the non-profit’s food recovery and distribution efforts in response to COVID-19. The Pistons and their corporate partners are deploying financial support to help facilitate the non-profit’s immediate needs while using their platform to rally and inspire additional support from businesses and individuals throughout the region.  Donations of support can be placed by visiting forgottenharvest.org/corona/.

Humble Design has temporarily shifted its mission from furnishing homes for families, veterans, and individuals transitioning out of homelessness to delivering goods from their warehouse to shelters that are overrun and in need of essential goods. Humble Design is hosting an online auction that will support their mission and will allow them to continue to provide goods such as towels, blankets, toys, kitchenware, and more to Detroit’s most vulnerable population. Donations at the warehouse are not being accepted at this time.

Brown Iron Brewhouse in Royal Oak now has Venmo. Every dollar donated to their Venmo account will go directly to feeding hospital workers. Join them in support of those fighting for us by donating. @Brown-IronRO

The Northville Community Foundation/Maybury Farm gives back to the community through agriculture and education. With birthing season coming, the farm is expecting to have at least 8 new lambs, 2-3 goats (kids) and baby piglets. To continue to provide animal care they can use your help by donating here.

The Children’s Foundation is dedicated to advancing the health and wellness of Michigan children and their families. Through The Children’s Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Funding, the nonprofit has awarded grants to existing partners including Brilliant Detroit and Starfish Family Services. These grants help fund urgent needs for food donations, diapers and formula, and technology to transition mental health in-person visits to telehealth. Visit yourchildrensfoundation.org to donate.

PACE Southeast Michigan, a health plan and healthcare provider that cares for low-income seniors (age 55 and older) who are nursing-home eligible and have multiple, chronic illnesses is in need of masks, thermometers, gloves, and gowns. Also, participants are in need of milk, bread, toilet paper, and other basic necessities.

Michigan Small Business Relief Program, Michigan’s small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 virus can now apply for grants and loans. The program will provide up to $20 million in grants and loans. Information on how to apply, as well as eligibility criteria, is available at michiganbusiness.org/covid19.

Brightmoor Connection Food Pantry can use monetary donations and volunteers. 313-740-7688.

Focus: HOPE is in need of donations and volunteer support to help continue meeting the needs of people they serve. To help go to focushope.edu, or reach out to stephanie.maurice@focushope.edu if you have questions.

Fleece & Thank You works with groups and individuals to make fleece blankets with video messages and deliver to hospitals. To meet its goal to provide every child in the hospital with comfort, it’s keeping its warehouse operational and encouraging individuals to order Fleece & Thank You Blanket Making Kits through the organization’s website to make blankets from the comfort of your home. Click here to order a kit or to donate.

The Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan, The patients they serve have comprised immune systems and are more at risk. They are now offering services virtually, including support groups, and are seeking emergency funding to help with the uptick in requests for financial support. To donate here.

St. Joe’s Hospital in Ann Arbor is in need of supplies and is accepting donations of unopened masks, face shields, gowns, surgical caps/protective caps, eyeglass shields/goggles, nasal testing swabs, Lysol or Clorox wipes, and hand sanitizer. Bring supplies to the Towsley building on St. Joe’s campus between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. A donation center set up there.

The Detroit Phoenix Center, a nonprofit needs volunteers to help Detroit families in need. Call 313-482-0916 or email info@detroitphoenixcenter.org, if you are in need or can volunteer. The following donations are also needed: nonperishable food, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, paper towels, wet wipes, shampoo, body wash, hygiene products and laundry detergent.

The Farm Bureau of Michigan Agent Charitable Fund donates to fund banks to alleviate COVID-19 challenges. The fund grants monies to provide food, build agriculture awareness, educate and help citizens throughout the state. Click here to donate.

Nurses Inspire Nurses, will make care packages for nurses in metro Detroit and they are requesting donations for packages. Care packages will be filled with snacks and other goodies to help encourage nurses through their shifts. Metro Detroit nurses can sign up here to receive a care package.

Those looking to get involved have several ways to participate:

– Mail a physical note to the Nurses Inspire Nurses Warehouse. Cards can be sent to Nurses Inspire Nurses Attention: Care Package 15087 Northville Rd. Plymouth, Michigan 48170.

– Utilize the Amazon wish list to send donations to the warehouse where volunteers will be assembling the care packages by clicking here.

– Drop off donations. At the convenience of the donor, items similar to those on the Amazon wish list can be dropped off at the Nurses Inspire Nurses Warehouse at 15087 Northville Rd., Plymouth, Michigan. Gray covered bins, emptied daily, will be placed outside to house donations.

The Howell Nature Center, Michigan’s largest wildlife rehabilitation center, that cares for more than 4,000 injured or orphaned wildlife annually, is asking for emergency assistance to help keep their doors open for wildlife as they enter what could potentially be a record-breaking “baby season.”

You can donate at howellnaturecenter.org or by mail to Howell Nature Center, 1005 Triangle Lake Road, Howell, MI 48843.

Detroit Dog Rescue, is in need of foster homes for dogs as part of their efforts to limit volunteers and visitor traffic in their facility. Fill out a foster application here. DDR will supply food, supplies and medical care. 313-458-8014

One Fair Wage campaign, announced the launch of an online fundraising effort to support an emergency fund for tipped workers and service workers across the country suffering economic hardship as restaurants and other establishments close nationwide. The fund will provide free, cash assistance to restaurant workers, delivery drivers and other tipped workers and service workers.

To donate to the One Fair Wage Emergency Fund, as well as the form for affected workers to apply for assistance, go to OFWemergencyfund.org/.

Community Grocery Service Seeks, a new community grocery service launching in metro Detroit and across the state is a volunteer force, staffed by a coalition of mosques and Muslim organizations (Al-Ajal, Muslim Unity Center, Islamic Association of Greater Detroit, The Amity Foundation, Tawheed Center, American Moslem Society, Islamic Center of Detroit, IIC Youth, Muslim Center, Muslim Community of Western Suburbs, and the Islamic Center of East Lansing) that will offer to pick up and deliver groceries for individuals and families at high risk of contracting the virus.

To place an order call 734-210-0316 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., to volunteer, click here and to donate, click here. This is open to people of all faiths.

 

United Way, and their partners offer emergency relief to families and individuals in need. With your support, recovery efforts include food distribution to students and other vulnerable populations that are isolated or lack access, availability of shelter beds for people experiencing homelessness, operational funding gaps for health and human service agencies and more. Click here to donate.

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In partnership with Puma, on February 01, Big Sean and the Sean Anderson

Foundation participated in an all-day launch for the exciting new Foot Locker

“Power Store” in Eastpointe, MI – the first of it’s kind in North America!

The day long event was part of a series of engagements hosted by Foot Locker, showcasing Detroit’s diverse and ever-growing communities of talent, brands and products, highlighting a who’s-who of Detroit standouts including Rick Williams (Owner, Burn Rubber Sneaker Boutique), artist Desiree Kelly, Detroit vs Everybody and District 81 clothing.

An immersive and inspiring experience, during the “Puma Cell Science Lab”, we had such a great time connecting with our friends and partners in the community, helping to distribute shoes, coats and backpacks to Detroit students from the the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Michigan. Of course, the students were just as enthused by the opportunity to get a chance to have a Q&A session with Detroit’s own Big Sean, discussing the science of music!

As 2019 kicks off, we are so thrilled to be part of so many new developments within our communities that are seeking to educate, uplift and inspire Detroit’s youth! We look forward to more great things in the months ahead, and we are so grateful to have your ongoing support.

ALLY MOGULS IN THE MAKING COMPETITION

SEAN ANDERSON FOUNDATION

January 14, 2019

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Big Sean, the Sean Anderson Foundation, Ally and the Thurgood Marshall

College Fund have partnered, to offer an exciting new competition geared to

inspire and support the next generation of entrepreneurs!

Over the course of one weekend this spring, selected students from public historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) will have the opportunity to represent their schools and compete against other student entrepreneurs. The team-based competition will take place during March in Detroit – a city that knows the true value of entrepreneurial grit.

In a dynamic team setting, students will develop and pitch a full business plan to a panel of judges, including Big Sean, a model entrepreneur (and a Detroit native). There is going to be some healthy competition – but that’s entrepreneurship.

Throughout the weekend, each student will also gain exposure to real-world business tactics and be mentored by some of our best Ally associates.

So – do you know any future entrepreneurs?

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund is searching all 47 of its publicly-funded HBCU member-campuses nationwide to identify the top ten schools to compete in the weekend-long experience. A total of fifty students – five from each of the ten selected schools – will be chosen to represent their schools and compete against their peers.

To apply for this opportunity students must be

  • Enrolled full-time in an accredited public Thurgood Marshall College Fund member-school

  • In good academic standing with no disciplinary infractions

  • Willing to grow and learn in a collaborative environment

  • Demonstrate the ability to work well on a team

  • Interested in learning how to develop or expand an entrepreneurial mindset

Read more about the program and how to apply on Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s website: tmcf.org/moguls.

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With a goal to help over 6,500 families and individuals in need, 2018 marks the

sixthyear that Big Sean and the Sean Anderson Foundation have partnered to distribute turkeys, canned goods and

holiday meal trimmings with Tarence Wheeler Productions. 2018 also marked the event’s 20th anniversary.

 

“This day of giving is something that the foundation looks forward to all year,” expressed Rashon Massey, Board Member at the Sean Anderson Foundation. “When we first started this event, in 2013, we were able to give 650 turkeys to families who were likely not going to have a Thanksgiving without our help. Last year, we gave out turkeys, canned goods and boxed foods to over 5,000 families! Not only is that fantastic growth, it’s also a clear indication that children and families throughout Detroit really benefit from this event.”

 

The return as a sixth year sponsor of the ALL STAR THANKSGIVING GIVE BACK comes on the heels of the announcement that SAF has donated $10,000 to the Wayne State University HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program, and the funds will be used to provide short-term support to Wayne State students experiencing homelessness or precarious housing situations. In 2016, SAF launched a $25,000 endowment with the program, and in 2017, SAF was able to donate an additional $15,000.

 

The ALL STAR THANKSGIVING GIVE BACK also brought together community figures including Member of the Michigan House of Representatives Jewell Jones and 2006 NBA Champion Gary Payton.

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The Sean Anderson Foundation is enthused to share that we have been able to

donate $10,000 to the Wayne State University (WSU) HIGH (Helping Individuals

Go Higher) Program.

 

In the words of Myra Anderson, our executive director/president here at the foundation: “Supporting the HIGH Program has been one of the important goals of the foundation, and we are pleased to continue our commitment to the program. The HIGH Program offers critical support to students facing hardships, and is making a positive difference in their lives.”

 

In 2016, the Sean Anderson Foundation created a $25,000 endowment for the program, continuing support the following year with a $15,000 donation in 2017.

 

Founded in 2013 after Wayne State University’s first lady Jacqueline Wilson was made aware of a medical student living out of their car, the HIGH Program provides short-term assistance with a goal of returning students to long-term stability and helping them complete their degree.

 

More information about Wayne State’s HIGH Program can be found at highprogram.wayne.edu.

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This inaugural series of events was made possible by our sponsors and friends at

Ford, Puma, the Motown Museum, Men of Courage, Detroit PAL, PopEd World,

Shawn Wilson and MGM Grand Detroit. We thank them not just for their support

of our efforts in producing the D.O.N. Weekend, but for joining us in

acknowledging and uplifting our Detroit communities and residents.

 

For the entire D.O.N. Weekend Blog Recap, visit: www.DONWeekend.org

 

Big Sean and Myra Anderson Honor Detroit’s Neighborhood Hero’s – http://www.donweekend.org/2018/06/26/big-sean-and-myra-anderson-honor-detroits-neighborhood-heros/

 

Big Sean Drops Gems for Detroit at D.O.N. Weekend Men of Courage Pop-Up: http://www.donweekend.org/2018/06/24/big-sean-drops-gems-for-detroit-at-d-o-n-weekend-men-of-courage-pop-up/

 

Big Sean Puts On for His City Majorly with D.O.N. Weekend Block Party: http://www.donweekend.org/2018/06/23/big-sean-puts-on-for-his-city-majorly-with-d-o-n-weekend-block-party/

 

Detroit Area Fashion Entrepreneurs Compete in High Stakes Fashion Mogul Challenge Sponsored by Puma: http://www.donweekend.org/2018/06/21/detroit-area-fashion-entrepreneurs-compete-in-high-stakes-fashion-mogul-challenge/

 

Big Sean Hosts Detroit Neighborhood Weekend: http://www.donweekend.org/2018/06/04/don-weekend/

The Mogul Prep Internship Experience Pilot Program

SEAN ANDERSON FOUNDATION

August 10, 2018

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If you’ve been following us on social media, you have seen that for the past

7 weeks, seven students from the Detroit School of Arts have been participating

in a pilot internship program at Quicken Loans.

 

A life-changing opportunity, the Mogul Prep Internship Program is a direct

extension of the Sean Anderson Foundation’s signature program Mogul Prep (www.MogulPrep.com). In partnership with Quicken Loans, the seven students received 1:1 mentoring, in a special effort to further connect students to the jobs and careers they are being exposed to through the Mogul Prep classroom curriculum. The Sean Anderson Foundation immensely thanks our friends at Quicken Loans, for working with us to create a one-of-a-kind program that continues to bridge the gap between educational institutions and the robust career opportunities emerging and thriving within Detroit, MI.

 

As the interns are preparing for their final presentation today, they have shared individual recaps of their experiences, and we could not be more than thrilled to post them on our blog.

 

The Mogul Prep Internship Program’s Pilot Class Says, “THANK YOU!”

 

 

KEVIN GILES

 

Final Statement

 

My experience in Mogul Prep/Quicken Loans has been the greatest life I’ve ever lived. Firstly, I loved working with the Woodward Original Team. They treat me like one of their own. I literally connect with everyone on every level. Whether it’s a musical connection or a “Toothy Sci-Fi reference”, we all have bonds among each other. I’ve directly gotten close to Stevie Ansara, also known as Stevie Soul. He and I had latched to each other quicker than a magnet on Grandma’s refrigerator! Stevie is a professional Beat Boxer, and I play just about every instrument as well. Our first day together felt very “Famous”. He had his fellow Camera Operator, Cody Cochran, film us as we arrived to the Madison Building. The atmosphere is truly amazing at the Madison. There are Video Games, Ping Pong Tables, and Slushie Machines. The office space itself feels so free. The Woodward Original Team has the most unorthodox feeling to it, and it blows my mind each day! I’ve experienced so much during my time here. I got to work alongside and had the chance to meet, famous actor, Mark Wahlberg and one of Common’s producers, Kariem Riggins. Can you say “star-struck”?! Again, my experience here has been the best life I could live so far. While in Mogul Prep, I had a blast! Expectations were beyond met. Rashon Massey is the most palpable person I know. Our sessions have been a mix of Church, Open Mic Night, and all around excitement. Mogul Prep/Quicken Loans is the best move you can make in life. I am truly blessed to be a part of everyone and everything I’ve mentioned thus far.

 

Alexis Glass

 

FINAL STATEMENT

 

My experience with Mogul Prep was definitely life changing. Just hearing from so many important people shows me that I’m changing for the better. The connections I’ve made over the past few weeks alone will definitely become lifelong. I’ve learned how to carry myself professionally in the workplace, introduce myself and “leave my mark” as a person. I am now more confident on ending my senior year at DSA gracefully. Thank you to Mogul Prep, Quicken Loans, Myra Anderson, Big Sean, as well as our wonderful Program Director Rashon Massey.


 

Martinee Williams

 

FINAL STATEMENT

 

Hi Everybody, I’m Martinee Williams one out of the seven interns that are in the Mogul Prep internship with Quicken Loans!!!!!!!!

 

Can I just say what an Amazing experience this was, and I don’t think you will understand how much this will help me for not only my present, but my future. This Internship has built me into the young lady that I never knew existed. I have grown and came to the realization that the world is full of opportunities, and if you don’t speak up, take those opportunities and stay humble as you move along, it’s going to be hard to survive. I faced many challenges along the way, but I overcame those challenges and maintained the mindset of being focused.

 

Miracle Craft

 

FINAL STATEMENT

 

Thanks so much, Rashon, I am definitely extremely grateful for this opportunity and your words of encouragement.

 

Working as a Mogul Prep intern was exactly what I imagined and more! In such a short time I have learned tons. From helping post on social media and meeting with different companies for partnerships to learning better communications skills, I have grown in various ways that I know will help me in whatever I embark on in the future. Everyone I’ve met during my internship was nothing but kind and welcoming. I would like t thank, in particular order, The Sean Anderson Foundation, Big Sean, Quicken Loans, My mom, and Family, & God. I will continue to stay humble and strive for excellence.

 

Uniya Arnold

 

FINAL STATEMENT

 

As I come to a conclusion for my Quicken Loans internship in partnership with the Sean Anderson Foundation, I finally feel like I have stepped into my first door of greatness. I have had the opportunity to work with an astounding team that enhanced my knowledge of camera operation, lighting operation, editing software skills, communication skills, and professionalism. Not only did I contain myself inside of my team, I had the ability to expand my knowledge even more through the other Mogul prep Interns and QL team members, I’ve had the chance to oversee event planning, Social Media Management, Summer career exploration, Audio & Visual and Creative Marketing . For this 7 week internship, I have had more possibilities than most people my age. I would love to acknowledge the Sean Anderson Foundation, Quicken Loans and the family of companies, and Detroit School of Arts for my selection in this opportunity.

 

KANDI ALEXANDER

 

FINAL STATEMENT

 

“Successful people work hard….Put GOD first,” Denzel Washington once said to the class of 2015, at Dillard University Graduation. This internship did not only prepare me for the professional industry, but it helped me get through personal problems of my own. I stacked up a lot of anger and sadness from handling situations dealing with close friends and family, but I still had to come to work and get things done and remind myself that every great successor goes through troubles and adversaries. How we continue to succeed is determined on how we handle a situation. My way of getting through the bad was to work, and I mean work hard. I started going to every meeting I could. I began asking people in different fields to help me understand their fields a little bit. Working was my way of coping and overcoming. Before this internship, I dealt with people that were very hard to work with and I would just not work with them at all, but in this internship, I had to put aside my personal feelings and channel my inner self. I had to seek my professional side, I needed to understand how that coworking was feeling and do my best to get any work we had together done. I had to learn that I will work with people that I will not get along with and we will bump heads, but that makes the experience better for all of us, to see what we can work on and how we can learn to handle the situation better. Thank you to the Sean Anderson Foundation, Quicken Loans, my Quicken Loans team for helping learn different things. Thanks to my parents, Rashon Massey, Jasmine Deforest, Signature Seven, Mrs. Morrison-Green, Ms. Foire, Mr. Walker, and most importantly GOD.

Detroit: Comeback City

SEAN ANDERSON FOUNDATION

July 3, 2018

Executive Produced by Big Sean and narrated by Academy® Award-winner

and Detroit native JK Simmons, “Detroit: Comeback City” chronicles how

Detroit went from the engine of American capitalism, to a city of ruins that

is now on the cusp of an exciting rebirth. The story of the city is told by real

Detroiters who recount the stories of their relatives who helped build the city and the country. Among the interview subjects are Alice Cooper, Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winner Dr. Heather Ann Thompson, Bill Ford and NASA Astronaut Jerry Linenger.

 

Check your local History channel listing for the next broadcast airing time.

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Big Sean and the Sean Anderson Foundation have partnered with Ford, PUMA, the Motown Museum, Men of Courage and Detroit PAL for the D.O.N. Weekend.

From June 21 – 25,  the weekend event will celebrate the city of Detroit and pay tribute to the local business owners, activists, teachers and churches who make up Detroit neighborhoods and are the backbone of the city.

 

“I always love giving back to the city that gave me so much. I just want to start the summer off right and invite everybody in Detroit and the surrounding areas to come out and enjoy the festivities.” – Big Sean

 

Kicking off with the Motown Jam, a fundraising event for the Motown Museum in which 100% of the proceeds will go towards the museum’s expansion efforts in preserving the rich history of Motown, the D.O.N. Weekend is stacked with fun times for all, and we now have your official finalized schedule here. There are still a small number of tickets and sponsorship packages available to the Motown Museum’s benefit concert, and for more information, please visit: https://www.donweekend.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Sponsorship_-SAF-Benefit-for-Motown-Museum-.pdf


 

Thursday, June 21st | 7:30 PM

SAF Presents A Benefit for The Motown Museum

Motown Museum

1237, 2648 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208

An amazing jam session for a good cause! The Sean Anderson Foundation hosts an evening of lively music, mingling, and a freestyle jam session with Motown. All contributions from this exclusive fundraiser to benefit The Motown Museum.

 

Limited tickets still remaining! Order here today: https://24768a.blackbaudhosting.com/24768a/The-Motown-Jam

 

For more information on what you receive in addition to your tickets and sponsorship opportunities: https://www.donweekend.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Sponsorship_-SAF-Benefit-for-Motown-Museum-.pdf


 

Thursday, June 21st | 10:00 AM-7:00 PM

Friday, June 22nd |10:00 AM-6:00 PM

Fashion Mogul Challenge

Charles H. Wright Museum

315 E Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

*Submission Deadline: June 12th

Detroit’s creative community has produced some of the most talented and influential artists in the world.

 

In partnership with Puma, Big Sean’s Fashion Mogul Challenge gives innovators (ages 18 and up) the tools, resources, and opportunity to design and create their own footwear.

 

After participating in an engaging working session, teams of fashion entrepreneurs will design and pitch a custom shoe concept to fashion industry experts and moguls. The winning team will receive $25,000 in cash award and prizes.


 

Friday, June 22nd | 5:00-8:00 PM

Occupy The Corner Detroit

Dueweke Park

4975 Sheridan St, Detroit, MI 48214

Join us at Councilwoman Mary Sheffield’s annual “Occupy The Corner” event as we unite with community leaders, neighbors, and volunteers to big up the block in District 5.

 

There will be voter registration, employment training, expungement services, utility assistance and plenty of food, fun, and family friendly festivities.


 

Saturday, June 23rd | 12:00 – 10:00 PM

Block Party

Ford Resource & Engagement Center

15491 Maddelein St., Detroit, MI 48205

Join Big Sean and friends for this D.O.N. Weekend Signature Event as we bring the BLOCK PARTY back to FREC City!

 

What you know about a neighborhood cookout with a three-on-three basketball tournament and a live DJ on the one’s and two’s? From dance-off’s to football drills to an outdoor Cinetopia movie night, Sean Don is bringing the party to the #205.

 

Whether you live on the block or any other pocket of the city – we invite you to pack the yard at the Ford Resource & Engagement Center on Detroit’s Eastside. You don’t want to miss this jam-packed day of fun, family, and all-you-can-eat Coney’s, as we honor our neighborhood heroes, turn up, and celebrate our city. This is how you neighborhood.


 

Monday, June 25th | 4:00 – 10:30 PM

LITE Fest

West RiverFront Park

Detroit RiverWalk, Detroit, MI 48226

Big Sean and the Sean Anderson Foundation are proud to partner with The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and Ford Motor Company for the 2018 Lead Innovate Thrive Elevate Festival (L.I.T.E. Fest).

 

L.I.T.E. Fest 2018 is shaping up to be an event you don’t want to miss!  This huge, annual, one day festival will dominate Detroit’s Riverfront with carnival games, food, live performances, and an explosive firework viewing experience honoring a select group of ALL STAR students.

 

Big Sean loves kids! And we’re here for this this summer street festival celebrating the overall academic achievements of DPS students during the 2017-2018 school year.

 

Visit https://www.litefestdetroit.com/ for more details.

 

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Tags: Big Sean, D.O.N. Weekend, Detroit, Detroit PAL, DON Weekend, FORD, Men of Courage, Motown, Motown Museum, Myra Anderson, Puma, Sean Anderson Foundation



 

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MOGUL-2-MOGUL Detroit – PART 2

SEAN ANDERSON FOUNDATION

May 17, 2018

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This Thursday, we are doing a #ThrowbackThursday blog post to shine a light on

our 2017 MOGUL 2 MOGUL event between Big Sean and Dan Gilbert.

 

Taking place in the Gem Theatre for over 400 students from Detroit Public

Schools, in a lengthy and inspiring conversation that lasted over an hour, here is

our PART 2 video of that event.

 

For Part 1, please visit: http://www.seanandersonfoundation.org/mogul-2-mogul-detroit/

 

Big Sean and the Sean Anderson Foundation would like to thank our friends at Reels of Gold Media for documenting this conversation.

 

REELS OF GOLD MEDIA – www.ReelsOfGoldMedia.com

 

ABOUT

 

Christopher “Chris Haze” Suttle owner of the cinematography company “Reels of Gold Media.” Welcome. Reels of Gold Media started in the year of 2016 in Detroit, MI better known as the Motor City. Growing up, my mom taught me “The sky isn’t the limit. There is no limit to what you can do, or learn in life.” I took that advice and applied it to everything I showed interest in.

 

Instagram @ReelsOfGoldMedia | Twitter @ReelsOfGold

 

SEAN ANDERSON FOUNDATION

Facebook www.Facebook.com/SeanAndersonOrg | Twitter @SeanAndersonOrg | Instagram @SeanAndersonOrg

 

MOGUL PREP

Facebook www.Facebook.com/MogulPrep | Twitter @MogulPrep | Instgram @MogulPrep

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Recently, through our partnership with Project Knapsack, students at Bates

Academy received brand new backpacks!

 

Our partnership with Project Knapsack allows for students at Bates to be united

with the Molalatladi Primary School in Soweto, South Africa. Through forging pen

pal relationships, this program fosters a meaningful cultural exchange on both ends.

 

This year, these students were surprised with the added bonus of having Blended Designs sponsor their backpack donation. Adorned with words and images of affirmation meant to inspire and uplift young people of color, Blended Designs has begun a wonderful movement across the United States, and for more information on this company and/or our partnership with Project Knapsack, please visit the links below.

 

Special thanks to Porscha Dodson, founder of Project Knapsack, for her continual efforts to help improve the lives of students across the world through education and cultural exchanges!

 

Sean Anderson Foundation’s “Project Knapsack Partnership Page” http://www.seanandersonfoundation.org/programs/project-knapsack/

 

Blended Designs

 

https://blendeddesigns.com/pages/mission

Big Sean Shares A Few Book Recommendations

SEAN ANDERSON FOUNDATION

March 23, 2020

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At this time, as we join with the world and our leading health officials in

encouraging you to continue to put your health first, while you find yourself

with extra time on your hands, consider allocating a few of those minutes towards

reading!

Sean Anderson Foundation’s Founder and mental health advocate Big Sean recently took some time to share a few of his favorite books, as well as select new titles that he’s currently making time to read.

Check out the video here, and to make things easier for you, here are Mr. Anderson’s March 2020 Book Recommendations:

  • Becoming Supernatural – Dr. Joe Dispenza

  • Seven Spiritual Laws of Success – Deepak Chopra

  • The Seven Energy Codes – Dr. Sue Morter

  • The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

  • What You Think of Me is None of My Business – Terry Cole-Whittaker

  • The Hidden Messages in Water – Masaru Emoto

  • Ask and it is Given – Ester & Jerry Hicks

  • The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz

  • Transform Your Life – Marie Diamond

REIMAGINE: The Boys & Girls Club of SE Michigan

SEAN ANDERSON FOUNDATION

February 18, 2020

The Sean Anderson Foundation is proud to be a community partner alongside the Boys & Girls Club of SE Michigan. Together, we’ve been able to open the Sean Anderson Foundation Content & Production Studio on their campus, allowing young people to have ongoing opportunities to further explore education and their creative and entrepreneurial skills.

#SMARTGirls at the Boys and Girls Club

SEAN ANDERSON FOUNDATION

November 5, 2019

Last month, with our friends and community partners over at the

Boys & Girls Club of SE Michigan, we launched the #SMARTGirls

speaker series!

Kicking off the series, our very own Myra Anderson was there, bringing additional upliftment and guidance to our future young leaders! Taking place in the new Sean Anderson Foundation Content & Production Studio, girls came together from several different Boys & Girls Clubs to participate in the important conversation, with Ms. Anderson speaking on topics including self-esteem, inspiration, tools towards becoming the best versions of themselves, economic empowerment and mental health awareness.

Special thanks to our friends Shawn Wilson, Courtnie Squirewell, Arda Kafafian and the entire team at the Boys & Girls Club of SE Michigan!! We appreciate your commitment to our future leaders!

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2019 Reflections: Giving Thanks for D.O.N. Weekend

SEAN ANDERSON FOUNDATION

November 11, 2019

Throughout the United States, the month of November ushers in a

season of gratitude and giving, and at the Sean Anderson

Foundation, we want to take a dedicated moment to recognize our

sponsors, partners and friends who made our 2019 D.O.N. Weekend

a wonderful success!

Without the support from friends including Ally, Puma, the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan, Detroit Pistons, Quicken Loans, Fratarcangeli Wealth Management, Essentia Water, Lyft, Urban Content Studios, D’USSE and many others, this weekend would not have been possible.

It was during Day 2 of the 2nd Annual D.O.N. Weekend, that an esteemed panel including Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Dr. Jessica Clemons, Shaka Senghor and Big Sean discussed the importance of self care and mental health awareness. Abounding with hope, taking place over the course of nearly four hours, the conversation opened to a community encouraged Q&A that proved to be therapeutic, healing, informative and refreshing! With closing remarks by Myra Anderson, sharing local resources that attendees could walk away with, we are so very grateful and thankful to each panelist and every participant who was able to attend. Again – special thanks to Puma, for making this event possible!

It also might please you to know that a team of enthusiastic young people who are passionate about storytelling and documenting stories came together to produce this recap video, and we are so thankful for their combined efforts via Urban Content Studios!

We look forward to returning for D.O.N. Weekend 2020, and we hope that everyone is able to find time, during this forthcoming holiday season and beyond, to give back and/or share the delight of joy and gratitude with others!

D.O.N. WEEKEND 2019 – THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER SPECTACULAR YEAR!

 

SEAN ANDERSON FOUNDATION

August 20, 2019

On behalf of a larger event production team where every individual truly

gave their best, Big Sean and the Sean Anderson Foundation would like

to thank everyone who came together to make the 2nd Annual

D.O.N. Weekend a spectacular success!

When the Sean Anderson Foundation’s Big Sean and Myra Anderson reached out to Shawn Wilson to partner on this year’s events, the word ‘moonshot’ began to be heavily incorporated into the ongoing development conversations. With 2018’s inaugural D.O.N. Weekend already setting the bar high for community engagement that offered curated and tailored resources that benefited local attendees, the Anderson’s and Mr. Wilson began reimagining the possibilities of how to further build upon a community-wide event, while still catering towards each individual’s experience; a reimagining, to reach a higher goal where attendees left feeling refreshed, enlightened, informed and curious, potentially accessing an increased sense of self confidence to utilize NEW tools and resources that would be made available, to extend any and all positive communications/conversations from the event thereafter.

Thanks to the support from friends including the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan, the 2nd Annual D.O.N. Weekend was able to return to celebrate the Detroit families, entrepreneurs, teachers and long-standing institutions that are the backbone of the city! On Saturday, the Sean Anderson Foundation unveiled our new Content & Production Studio in the Dauch Campus Boys and Girls Club, just before kicking off D.O.N. Weekend’s BLOCK PARTY. Throughout the campus, attending community members were treated to free food, carnival rides, free haircuts and hair braiding, health screenings, the Workforce One Jobs Bus, felony expungement, gaming stations, apprenticeship opportunities and so much more. With live performances taking place all afternoon, thanks to our event partner Councilwoman Mary Sheffield’s #OccupyTheCornerDetroit’s stage, the BLOCK PARTY was definitely the family and community event to be at on Saturday!

On Sunday, Day 2 of the 2nd Annual D.O.N. Weekend, an esteemed panel including Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Dr. Jessica Clemons, Shaka Senghor and Big Sean discussed the importance of self care and mental health awareness. Abounding with hope, taking place over the course of nearly four hours, the conversation opened to a community encouraged Q&A that proved to be therapeutic, healing, informative and refreshing! With closing remarks by Myra Anderson, sharing local resources that attendees could walk away with, we are so very grateful and thankful to every participant who was able to attend.

The evening’s hottest ticket certainly belonged to the DON of Detroit, as the Sean Anderson Foundation closed out D.O.N. Weekend at the Garden Bowl, with rousing games of bowling, pizza and plenty of laughter. Even the legendary and iconic Flavor Flav made an appearance!

Without the support from friends including Ally, Puma, the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan, Detroit Pistons, Quicken Loans, Fratarcangeli Wealth Management, Essentia Water, D’USSE and many others, this weekend would not have been possible!

Thank you to our photographers Brandon Abro and Lance Alyas, for documenting this year for the Sean Anderson Foundation!

THANK YOU FOR MAKING D.O.N. Weekend 2019 a SPECTACULAR SUCCESS!

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2ND ANNUAL D.O.N. WEEKEND PRESENTED BY ALLY

SEAN ANDERSON FOUNDATION

August 9, 2019

“Last year’s D.O.N. Weekend was a huge success, and I’m excited to

bring it back for the second year in a row. I have so much love for Detroit

and can’t wait to celebrate it with all of the people who make the city

great,” says Big Sean.

That’s right! The Sean Anderson Foundation and Big Sean are elated to announce the 2nd Annual D.O.N. Weekend, presented by our friends at ALLY. From August 17 through August 18,  the Sean Anderson Foundation has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan to host two-days of fun, resources and upliftment for the entire Detroit community.

“This weekend is a great opportunity to join with our friends at the Sean Anderson Foundation and Boys and Girls Club to expand on the work we are doing with SAF on Moguls in the Making and BGCSM on Code to Success,” said Andrea Brimmer, chief marketing and public relations officer, Ally. “Ally is focused on aiding economic mobility through programs that provide all individuals greater access to services, education and resources they can use to help improve their economic circumstances and enrich their lives. D.O.N. Weekend demonstrates our commitment to Detroit and to helping the city’s youth gain skills that prepare them to increase their economic mobility in the future.”

The special weekend celebrates the Detroit families, entrepreneurs, teachers and long-standing institutions that are the backbone of the city. Saturday will feature a special unveiling of the Sean Anderson Foundation Production Studio in the Dauch Campus Boys and Girls Club. Block Party and Occupy the Corner activities will include Live DJ|Free Food | Live Performances | Free Haircuts and Braiding | Neighborhood Hero Awards | Health Screenings | Workforce One Jobs Bus | Felony Expungement |Apprenticeship Opportunities | Carnival Rides | Gaming Stations.

On Sunday, Big Sean will be hosting an insightful Mental Health Awareness Discussion with Dr. Jessica Clemons, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson moderated by Shawn H. Wilson, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan. The discussion will explore the narrative and stigma around mental health in the Black Community. A Bowling Party will close out the D.O.N. Weekend on Sunday evening.

The events are made possible by presenting sponsor Ally; Puma; Detroit Pistons; Quicken Loans; Fratarcangeli Wealth Management; Essentia Water and D’USSE.

All events, Saturday and Sunday, are free and open to the public. Sunday’s events require registering on Eventbrite. Eventbrite links below!

D.O.N. Weekend 2019 Schedule:

Saturday, August 17

Location: Location: Dick & Sandy Dauch Boys and Girls Club
16500 Tireman Avenue, Detroit, MI 48228

Sunday, August 18

Location: Location: Dick & Sandy Dauch Boys and Girls Club


16500 Tireman Avenue, Detroit, MI 48228

For more info head to: https://www.donweekend.org/

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This past weekend, 10 teams from five different Historically Black Colleges

and Universities (HBCUs) came together for the “Moguls in the Making”

competition!

Starting Friday and ending Sunday evening, selected teams of students from HBCUs nationwide came together at the Microsoft regional headquarters, to plan, develop and present business plans, tackling education, employment and real estate issues in the city.

With a panel of judges including Big Sean and Andrea Brimmer from Ally Financial, the opportunity was open to students from the following participating schools:

  • Alabama A&M University

  • Elizabeth City State University

  • Florida A&M University

  • Howard University

  • Jackson State University

  • Morgan State University

  • Norfolk State University

  • Virginia State University

  • Tennessee State University

  • North Carolina A&T State University

 

With over 500 initial applicants, the competition was narrowed down to just 50 students from the 10 aforementioned HBCUs, and throughout the weekend, students participated in educational workshops and breakout sessions that further enlightened them on financial literacy, idea pitching and building a successful business model.

At the competitions closing event, Big Sean announced that the students representing Florida A&M University were the winners of this year’s Moguls in the Making competition. Each of the winning five students were awarded a $5,000 scholarship, MacBook Air computers and internships at Ally Financial.

The Sean Anderson Foundation cannot thank Ally Financial and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund enough, for making the Moguls in the Making competition a wonderful learning and growing experience for so many deserving students!

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Big Sean and Mayor Mike Duggan Partner for 2020 Census

SEAN ANDERSON FOUNDATION

April 1, 2019

Thinking ahead a year in advance, to make sure that Detroit receives as

much funding support as possible, our very own Big Sean did not hesitate

to invite Mayor Mike Duggan to the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern

Michigan, to begin talking about the 2020 census.

“That’s how we get the things that we want in our communities and that’s how we let the government know, and the people who are in control of the money, that we’re here,” Big Sean said.

On Friday, March 29, Mayor Mike Duggan took Big Sean up on an offer to speak to a packed room of young students and local leaders, advocating on behalf of both community service and the importance of participating in the 2020 census; moreover, many are probably unaware that during the last census, in 2010, Detroit was one of the worst in completing the census forms.

“What’s on the line is millions and millions of dollars in Headstart money and road money and health care money and Medicaid, that’s on the line,” Duggan said.

Thank you to WDIV 4 for capturing this moment! https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/local/detroit/detroit-rapper-big-sean-mayor-mike-duggan-push-for-2020-census-participation

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TIDAL Unplugged to Support Detroit Artists

SEAN ANDERSON FOUNDATION

March 14, 2019

We are always excited about initiatives taking place in the city that are

motivated with the current to uplift, encourage and provide resources

by means of education.

In an effort to do just that, TIDAL has announced a $1 million endowment program to support emerging artists.

Beginning in Detroit, TIDAL is looking to provide artists with the means and resources to ‘purse their passion.’ Open to all Detroiters who have been a resident within the city limits for at least the last 9-months, all local musicians are welcome to submit an acoustic performance to be eligible for the program!

Tidal Unplugged will craft a personalized support plan that can include living expenses, studio time and mentorship. Finalists will be expected to complete four tracks which will premier exclusively through the Tidal Rising program to raise awareness for emerging artists. Creators retain 100 percent of their rights to the master recordings. A November Tidal Unplugged showcase will spotlight the results of this ambitious investment in developing talent.

The funding to be received by artists will go towards things like:

  • Access to recording & creative resources

  • Industry mentoring

  • Promotional support via TIDAL rising

  • Opportunity to perform in a TIDAL Unplugged showcase

Detroit artist have until April 09, 2019 to enter. Follow this link for entry and further details: TIDAL Unplugged

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With a goal to help over 6,500 families and individuals in need, 2018

marks the sixth year that Big Sean and the Sean Anderson Foundation

have partnered to distribute turkeys, canned goods and holiday meal

trimmings with Tarence Wheeler Productions. 2018 also marked the event’s 20th anniversary.

“This day of giving is something that the foundation looks forward to all year,” expressed Rashon Massey, Board Member at the Sean Anderson Foundation. “When we first started this event, in 2013, we were able to give 650 turkeys to families who were likely not going to have a Thanksgiving without our help. Last year, we gave out turkeys, canned goods and boxed foods to over 5,000 families! Not only is that fantastic growth, it’s also a clear indication that children and families throughout Detroit really benefit from this event.”

The return as a sixth year sponsor of the ALL STAR THANKSGIVING GIVE BACK comes on the heels of the announcement that SAF has donated $10,000 to the Wayne State University HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program, and the funds will be used to provide short-term support to Wayne State students experiencing homelessness or precarious housing situations. In 2016, SAF launched a $25,000 endowment with the program, and in 2017, SAF was able to donate an additional $15,000.

The ALL STAR THANKSGIVING GIVE BACK also brought together community figures including Member of the Michigan House of Representatives Jewell Jones and 2006 NBA Champion Gary Payton.

photos by Brandon Abro

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2018 D.O.N. Weekend PHOTO GALLERY

SEAN ANDERSON FOUNDATION

August 23, 2018

The Sean Anderson Foundation would like to thank every one who made

the 2018 D.O.N. Weekend a #MAJOR success!

This inaugural series of events was made possible by our sponsors and

friends at Ford, Puma, the Motown Museum, Men of Courage, Detroit PAL,

PopEd World, Shawn Wilson and MGM Grand Detroit. We thank them not just for their support of our efforts in producing the D.O.N. Weekend, but for joining us in acknowledging and uplifting our Detroit communities and residents.

For the entire D.O.N. Weekend Blog Recap, visit: www.DONWeekend.org

Big Sean and Myra Anderson Honor Detroit’s Neighborhood Hero’s – http://www.donweekend.org/2018/06/26/big-sean-and-myra-anderson-honor-detroits-neighborhood-heros/

Big Sean Drops Gems for Detroit at D.O.N. Weekend Men of Courage Pop-Up: http://www.donweekend.org/2018/06/24/big-sean-drops-gems-for-detroit-at-d-o-n-weekend-men-of-courage-pop-up/

Big Sean Puts On for His City Majorly with D.O.N. Weekend Block Party: http://www.donweekend.org/2018/06/23/big-sean-puts-on-for-his-city-majorly-with-d-o-n-weekend-block-party/

Detroit Area Fashion Entrepreneurs Compete in High Stakes Fashion Mogul Challenge Sponsored by Puma: http://www.donweekend.org/2018/06/21/detroit-area-fashion-entrepreneurs-compete-in-high-stakes-fashion-mogul-challenge/

Big Sean Hosts Detroit Neighborhood Weekend: http://www.donweekend.org/2018/06/04/don-weekend/

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ALLY MOGULS IN THE MAKING COMPETITION

SEAN ANDERSON FOUNDATION

January 14, 2019

Big Sean, the Sean Anderson Foundation, Ally and the Thurgood Marshall

College Fund have partnered, to offer an exciting new competition geared

to inspire and support the next generation of entrepreneurs!

Over the course of one weekend this spring, selected students from public historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) will have the opportunity to represent their schools and compete against other student entrepreneurs. The team-based competition will take place during March in Detroit – a city that knows the true value of entrepreneurial grit.

In a dynamic team setting, students will develop and pitch a full business plan to a panel of judges, including Big Sean, a model entrepreneur (and a Detroit native). There is going to be some healthy competition – but that’s entrepreneurship.

Throughout the weekend, each student will also gain exposure to real-world business tactics and be mentored by some of our best Ally associates.

So – do you know any future entrepreneurs?

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund is searching all 47 of its publicly-funded HBCU member-campuses nationwide to identify the top ten schools to compete in the weekend-long experience. A total of fifty students – five from each of the ten selected schools – will be chosen to represent their schools and compete against their peers.

To apply for this opportunity students must be

  • Enrolled full-time in an accredited public Thurgood Marshall College Fund member-school

  • In good academic standing with no disciplinary infractions

  • Willing to grow and learn in a collaborative environment

  • Demonstrate the ability to work well on a team

  • Interested in learning how to develop or expand an entrepreneurial minds.

Read more about the program and how to apply on Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s website: tmcf.org/moguls.

Stream D.O.N. Weekend’s Self Care / Mental Health Panel

SEAN ANDERSON FOUNDATION

September 9, 2019

On Sunday, August 18, 2019, during Day 2 of the 2nd Annual

D.O.N. Weekend, an esteemed panel including Dr. Michael

Eric Dyson, Dr. Jessica Clemons, Shaka Senghor and Big Sean

discussed the importance of self care and mental health awareness.

Abounding with hope, taking place over the course of nearly four

hours, the conversation opened to a community encouraged Q&A

that proved to be therapeutic, healing, informative and refreshing!

With closing remarks by Myra Anderson, sharing local resources that

attendees could walk away with, we are so very grateful and thankful

to every participant who was able to attend. Special thanks to Puma

and the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan, for making

this event possible!