Rapper Big Sean is a well-known name – beyond his music stardom, he recently lent his voice to a popular video about Detroit’s comeback.
But there’s a lot of on-the-ground work to be done to make that a reality, and Big Sean through his Sean Anderson Foundation is stepping up.
The Sean Anderson Foundation, according to Wayne State University, has committed $25,000 to establish an endowment for the Wayne State University HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program. The HIGH Program was founded in 2013 to address student homelessness at Wayne State University.
The funds will be used to provide short-term support to Wayne State students experiencing homelessness or precarious housing situations, according to a release by Wayne State University.
A native Detroiter, Big Sean established the Sean Anderson Foundation to provide better opportunities for those in need.
“We see the HIGH Program as an important component of ensuring success at Wayne State, and we are proud to help strengthen its mission,” said Myra Anderson, president of the foundation and Sean’s mother in a statement. “We aim to boost graduation rates at the university by providing support to students facing hardship.”
Reports indicate student homelessness is a nationwide issue, and Wilson’s program offers a strategic response to this issue at Wayne State. Students in the HIGH Program receive short-term assistance with the goal of returning students to long-term stability and helping them complete their degree.
“The Sean Anderson Foundation’s investment in the HIGH Program shows their commitment to assisting those in need,” said Wilson. “With this gift, we will be able to help Wayne State students who are experiencing homelessness work toward a brighter future.”
More information about Wayne State’s HIGH Program can be found at highprogram.wayne.edu.