Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, better known by his stage name ‘Big Sean’, is known for being a rapper who gives back to his hometown of Detroit and the community. On June 8, he added to that reputation by donating $25,000 to Wayne State University, which is based in Detroit.
Sean made the donation through his Sean Anderson Foundation to the Wayne State University H.I.G.H. (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program. The program offers help to students who are experiencing homelessness.
In 2012, Sean founded the Sean Anderson Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Detroit, which gives inner city youth educational and artistic opportunities.
Sean wrote on foundation’s website, “My vision for the Sean Anderson Foundation is simply to make the lives of young people better. I want to be an inspiration to young people by showing them that hard work and determination pay off, to be an example of what can happen when you follow your dreams, and to be an instrument of encouragement for us all to help ourselves and to support one another. Detroit and the entire country have shown me much love and I passionately want to return that love.”
Jacqueline Wilson, wife of Wayne State University President Dr. M. Roy Wilson, said in a statement, “The Sean Anderson Foundation’s investment in the HIGH Program shows their commitment to assisting those in need. With this gift, we will be able to help Wayne State students who are experiencing homelessness work toward a brighter future.”
In May, the foundation announced that it helped raise $82,755 for the Community Foundation of Greater Flint‘s “Flint Child Health & Development Fund.” The money will be used to address the problems associated with lead poisoning in children. Flint is currently in the midst of crisis after much of the water in the city’s pipes was found to have high levels of lead, making it undrinkable.