Family Services, Inc.: Tobi’s Story

Family Services’ BROTHERS program has been working with Tobi since he was in middle school. He is now a sophomore at Gaithersburg High School.

Tobi was referred to BROTHERS because he needed help with several personal issues, including anger management and impulsivity control. Tobi had a grade point average far below a 2.0. Due to the low GPA, Tobi was not eligible to participate in any school-sponsored extracurricular activities.

BROTHERS worked with Tobi to improve his grades.

This past spring, Tobi participated in the United Way sponsored college tour. He says that the college tour really turned his thinking around. Tobi was exposed to more than a dozen historically black colleges and universities including Morehouse College in Atlanta, Winston Salem State University in North Carolina and Hampton University in Virginia. When he saw firsthand that higher education was attainable, he became even more motivated to improve his academic record.

Tobi is now qualified to participate in school sports and is a member of the football and wrestling teams. He has earned over 300 hours of community service by serving as a peer-to-peer mentor, serving food to homeless people at the shelter and tutoring at elementary and middle schools. Tobi attended the ceremony when the BROTHERS program was recognized for their outstanding community service at the Montgomery County Human Rights Hall Of Fame Awards.

Currently Tobi spends his Saturday mornings volunteering at George B. Thomas Saturday School tutoring elementary students. He is becoming an outstanding role model and is proof that United Way funding improves the lives of youth.

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