Bob Bosworth has donated both time and resources to On Point by supporting our work with youth personally and through his work with Hamico, Inc. Bob is married to Susan and attends Rock Creek Fellowship. Bob recently retired as the president and COO of Chattem and moved to become Vice President and Director of Hamico, Inc., a private foundation. We value Bob’s friendship and business knowledge and frequently turn to him for advice. I recently sat down with Bob and asked him to tell me about why he supports On Point:
You have been a faithful and passionate supporter of On Point for years. How were you first introduced to the work of On Point?
I was first introduced to On Point many years ago through the church I was attending at the time, Lookout Mountain Presbyterian. The church and many of its members support On Point.
What was your initial impression of On Point?
My initial thoughts were that On Point was simply abstinence education. While that is important, I was impressed when I learned that what you have to offer is much more holistic than that. You address the whole teen,which is so needed in our community!
You support On Point both personally, along with your wife, and professionally, through Hamico, Inc. What factored into your personal decision to support On Point?
My wife and I have always had a heart for the inner city and for underprivileged youth. There is such an absence of positive authority figures. I have seen a lot of great practical efforts to provide food, housing and job training. What On Point provides is more holistic and addresses the root issues that lead to poverty, hopelessness and lack of education.
My daughter used to teach at a Chattanooga elementary school with a high number of underprivileged students. Already, by 5th grade, they had a very warped sense of healthy relationships, marriage, conflict resolution and their own futures. There seemed to be no adults modeling these things in their lives. On Point provides those adults.
I also appreciate that On Point moves beyond the inner-city schools to teach and support students in the suburban and private schools. Kids of all socioeconomic backgrounds struggle to make healthy choices and deal with stress. We need this type of leadership training in all of our schools.
What factored into Hamico Inc.’s decision to support On Point?
Many of them overlap my personal reasons, but there are really 4 things I find unique about On Point:
1. On Point’s Heart-The heart of On Point is truly for our youth. On Point takes a holistic approach to youth development, addressing physical, emotional, health, academic and character needs.
2. Partnership-The desire to impact the whole teen leads On Point to partner with other organizations, schools, churches and businesses to have the greatest impact on teens. I think the desire to put egos aside and truly partner is rare in the non-profit world, but everywhere I go, I hear about On Point and their involvement with anything that helps teens.
3. Connection- Unfortunately, some faith-based youth initiatives and secular youth development organizations do not have a strong history of partnership. On Point has the unique ability to bring together secular and faith-based organizations for the greater good of serving youth. What On Point does appeals to a wide variety of supporters.
4. Leadership-I have always been impressed by the humility of the leadership at On Point and their ability to surround themselves with a team of passionate professionals who care so deeply about our youth. Hamico Inc. has faith in the leadership and the team at On Point.
Is there a particular story or moment that stands out to your in your time as an On Point supporter?
Lesley Scearce (CEO, On Point) and Linda McReynolds (formerly led the Ready By 21 Project at the United Way) presented an overview of On Point at Chattem explaining what teens need to thrive and what we can all do to make a difference. Chattem employs a socio-economically diverse group of people and it was impactful to hear the positive reactions to the presentation from a variety of different people.
Another moment that stands out was at last year’s fund-raising dinner. I had a chance to talk with a young girl, who is a member of On Point’s Teen Board, and her father. As he shared with me what a blessing On Point was to his daughter and his family, it really began to come together for me. I realized that the impact that On Point has on this family is just one example of what they are doing across the city.
I could probably list 100 more, but those are two that really shaped my opinion of On Point and their impact.
It was truly a pleasure to talk with Bob. We ended our session with him asking me how I came to work for On Point and why I was still here after four years. We joked that he was now interviewing me for his blog. It was nice to have the opportunity to share my passion for the work that we do and my delight in working with a caring and committed staff. Thank you Bob!