What do you get when a stand-up comic turns an evening of laughs into a great cause? Support for the University of California Riverside’s Guardian Scholars program. Comedian Tim Minchin did just that when he donated all the proceeds from one of his recent shows to the program at the UC Riverside.
Operated under the Office of Foster Youth Support Services, the Guardian Scholars Program provides a network of resources to students who are transitioning from the foster care system to adulthood in order to facilitate their pursuit of higher education. Established in 2008, the program is staffed by a small group of volunteers and a full-time University-funded director.
“The program offers each scholar a network of material and emotional support, including access to year-round housing, mentoring, mental health resources, financial assistance, and monthly social and team-building activities, which otherwise may be inaccessible for the student,” said Jan Forrester, the UCR Director of Student, Parent and Faculty Initiatives.
Minchin, a musician, comedian, writer and director from Australia is best known for his musical comedy. His support for UCR is a direct result of the personal tie his agent Max Burgos has to the university – Burgos went to school at UCR.
“Tim does these types of charity shows for the fans, and decides to give the money away to do good. I thought the Guardian Scholars Program was a good choice to donate to,” Burgos explained.
The June 8th show led to a donation that will provide academic support services such as tutoring, dental needs, books and school supplies for UCR Guardian Scholar students who do not have the kinds of traditional support so many families provide. Forrester said they are thankful for the donation.
The generosity and kindness show by Tim Minchin is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny’s unified city pillar. Minchin demonstrates that we are a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with on another for a better life for all.