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Nationally recognized youth advocate and non-profit founder Terry F. Hickey will lead the community based mentoring program as president and CEO.

BALTIMORE, MD, January 4, 2013 - Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake, Inc., announced today that Terry F. Hickey has been named president and chief executive officer.

Hickey, 43, is the founder and executive director of Community Law In Action, a nonprofit organization in Baltimore that operates law-related academic programs at five local high schools, a model worksite mentoring program, and advocacy-oriented programs at local community centers, juvenile detention facilities and the Baltimore City Detention Center.

“We are thrilled to have Terry join us and lead Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake at this pivotal time in the organization’s history,” said Bradley S. Chambers, chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake, Inc., and president of MedStar Union Memorial Hospital.  “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.”

Mr. Hickey, whose first day is January 14, plans to develop more innovative ways to recruit and train mentors with the aim of connecting them with the hardest to reach young people in the region.  The organization hopes to triple the number of youngsters it will work with in the years ahead, Mr. Hickey said.

“I have a passion for this.  I passed on a career as a lawyer and lobbyist and have found my calling making lives better for children,” Mr. Hickey said. “There is so much room to grow particularly with the iconic presence that Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake has in Baltimore, Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Tri-County area of Maryland, and the nation.”

An expert in the field of youth advocacy and governance and an outspoken champion for youth voice, Mr. Hickey founded CLIA in 1997, which today serves more than 1,000 youth annually.  In 2005, Mr. Hickey led the team that created the first Innovation School in Baltimore (the Baltimore Freedom Academy), through a partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

A graduate of the University of Rochester and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Mr. Hickey is an adjunct professor at the School of Law and also the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  He also serves on several local and regional boards and commissions, including the United Way’s Youth Impact Council and the Mayor’s Workforce Investment Board Youth Council.   

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake, Inc.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation's oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization.  Since its formation in Baltimore in February 1952, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake, Inc. has served more than 30,000 vulnerable children.  The organization has been providing programs in the Tri-County area of Southern Maryland since 1976 and on the Eastern Shore since 1983.  For more information please visit our website at, or our Facebook page at


Media Contact:  Brad Chambers, Chairman, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake, Inc., 410-554-2227;

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