Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake Inc. announced Friday that Terry F. Hickey, the founder of a nonprofit group that runs law-related programs at local high schools, will become the youth mentoring organization's president and CEO.
Hickey, 43, will start Jan. 14. He is executive director of Baltimore-based Community Law in Action, which, besides running academic programs at five high schools, also operates a worksite mentoring program and advocacy programs at local community centers, juvenile detention facilities and the Baltimore City Detention Center.
Bradley S. Chambers, chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters and president of MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, said Hickey is stepping in at a "pivotal time in the organization's history…Terry sees this as his calling; he truly wants to make a difference. He brings passion and energy around the development and support of youth programs and has a strong desire to improve the lives of young people."
Hickey hopes to triple the number of young people in the mentoring program and plans to work on recruiting and training mentors for the hardest to reach youngsters.
"There is so much room to grow particularly with the iconic presence that Big Brothers Big Sisters has in Baltimore, Maryland and the nation," Hickey said.
The Community Law program that Hickey founded in 1997 now serves more than 1,000 youth annually. He also led a team in 2005 that created the first Innovation School in Baltimore, the Baltimore Freedom Academy, through a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun