Q&A with Ryan Scott
‘Go pour into the life of a child’: A Q&A with Ryan Scott of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Indiana
Tuesday, August 1, 2023 10:39 AM EDT Updated: Tuesday, August 1, 2023 11:33 AM EDT By Mitzi S. Morris
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - In June, Ryan Scott became the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Indiana, a one-to-one mentoring program that serves Vanderburgh, Posey, Spencer, Gibson, Warrick and Henderson (Kentucky) counties.
The Henderson resident replaced Andrew Backes who joined the Boys & Girls Club of Evansville as the director of major gifts and strategic planning.
Scott’s background includes serving as dean of students at the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corp. and assistant principal at Webster County High School. The Chrisney, Indiana, native received his undergraduate degree from Murray State University and two master’s degrees from The University of the Cumberlands.
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What kind of person should mentor a child?
Anybody! If you can pass a background check, you would make a great Big [Brother/Sister]. Kids need to hear that we’ve all struggled. That there were periods when we had no idea what we wanted to do with our lives and times when we felt like giving up.
What events are coming up for Big Brothers Big Sisters?
Golf for Kids’ Sake is at Oak Meadow Country Club in Evansville on Sept. 18. It’s a golf scramble. We’re still looking for sponsors and teams. Big Night Out is Oct. 19 at The Crescent Room at Milestones in Evansville. That’s a night of celebrating mentoring, storytelling and community impact.
Big Night Out has an online auction, so we’re looking for donations. People can donate items or experiences. I’m donating a two-day hike with me in southern Illinois. We’ve had people donate tickets to games like the St. Louis Cardinals, University of Kentucky, Indiana University and Indianapolis Colts. The more successful these events can be, the more successful my organization can be. The money we raise is what gets us through the next year.
Please feel free to email Ryan if you have any questions. As BBBS continues to work hard giving back, we sincerely thank you for your support as we continue to defend our youth’s potential together.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Indiana
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Big, visit mentoringkids.org/volunteer.