Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of the largest mentorship programs that connects youth in the community with an adult mentor. Today we introduce to you three different matches and their inspiring stories.
Angelina’s mother enrolled her in the BBBS program because she knew Angelina would benefit from having a positive mentor. Angelina’s mother also wanted her to have a mentor to encourage her with success in school and with home tasks. A mentor with whom Angelina could also spend quality time with. Samantha became a Big because she had heard about the BBBS program due to a family member’s involvement. Little Sister Angelina and Big Sister Samantha were matched in June 2021. The pair has enjoyed spending time eating different foods, going to a back-to-school event, and bowling together. Throughout their time together, Angelina and Samantha have created a solid foundation for their friendship and have also shared several good laughs. Together, and maybe most importantly, they work on Angelina’s goal of believing in herself more.
Hailey’s parents enrolled her into the BBBS program because they wanted her to have a positive female role model in her life. Hailey’s parents also wanted her to have a mentor to encourage her with success in academics; A mentor to not only share fun match outings with but someone to also listen and have meaningful conversations with. Jessica became a Big Sister because she was committed to helping serve youth in the community and because of a family member’s positive involvement with the BBBS program. In May 2018, Little Sister Hailey and Big Sister Jessica were matched. The pair enjoys spending time picking peaches, getting breakfast, and thrift store shopping together. Since being matched, Hailey feels comfortable confiding in Jessica about various topics, including school. Jessica also helps Hailey with her goal to utilize different positive coping techniques.
Big Brother Aaron says, “Changing others lives for the better is why I joined Big Brothers Big Sisters. From getting Jadyn his first ride in an airplane, to his first set of braces and all of the other fun experiences we have had together our match is fulfilling for both of us and I am glad to be a part of the program.” Jadyn’s mother enrolled him in the BBBS program because she wanted him to have a positive male role model in his life. In June 2020, Big Brother Aaron and Little Brother Jadyn were matched. The pair enjoy spending time going out for lunch, hiking, and riding bikes. Jadyn does well in school and Big Brother Aaron helps Jadyn with his goal of gaining more confidence. Aaron is also always there for Jadyn if he needs someone to talk to.
That is what the BBBSAZ program is all about – being a consistent friend and ally for a child in our community. Interested in becoming a mentor? Please visit our website or please email our Director of Community Outreach, Patrick Phillips, at email@example.com to learn more.