“It’s an honor. It just lets us know that all the hard work that Brother 2 Brother has done is not going unrecognized,” Evan Snelling, who serves as the group’s finance director on the GHC Cartersville Campus, said. “It’s showing that we’re definitely making an impact on society.”
Formed in 2008 as part of GHC’s GHAME initiative, Snelling said the main goal of B2B is to encourage the success of minority men in college. This is the second time for GHC’s chapter to win Outstanding Chapter of the Year, with its first recognition being in 2012.
“Brother 2 Brother makes me consistently proud. Our members are determined to succeed, and their hard work is paying off,” Jonathan Hershey, dean of GHC Humanities Division and director of the GHAME initiative and B2B, said in a press release. “ This award proves to them that their efforts are being recognized not only at Highlands but nationally.”
Twenty-three B2B members represented the organization in Detroit, which saw representation from the 300 chapters of SAAB and B2B.
According to a press release, “Outstanding Chapter of the Year is determined by the strength of the enrollment, retention and graduation rates of its members, as well as by the activities and dedication of the chapter during the year.”
Snelling said he became a member of the organization after speaking with Hershey, who encouraged him to join. Shortly after attending his first meeting, Snelling was elected an officer.
“We do everything from community outreach throughout Cartersville; we have members who work at a [food] pantry ... We’re very involved,” Snelling said. “I think we’re definitely making our presence felt throughout the community because I know we try to start with schools.”
He continued, “We have numerous brothers who go out to mentor [students] ... We let them know that college is important, so that way they look up to us. We have a foundation camp at the Rome campus, we invite the kids to come, it’s free for them ... and we basically try to instill that college [is important].
“You’re going to hear that college isn’t for everybody — that’s true, but it’s definitely an avenue that you should explore to find your footing, basically.”
He said it was important for the community to know that B2B is more than a student group.
“We’re not just a group that comes together for an hour; we’re trying to leave our paw print on the community,” Snelling said.