national mentoring month

Someone to Confide in

How long have you been a Big?

Melissa: Two years.

Why did you choose to become a Big?

Melissa: I wanted to give back to my community and I love kids.

What have been a few highlights of being a Big?

Melissa: Getting to know my Little more and getting to hear her talk about what’s going on in her life.

How has your relationship with your Little changed you? How has it changed her?

Melissa: My relationship with my Little has allowed me to care for someone else that I had never even known about before. I feel like our relationship has changed her by giving her someone to confide in.

Thoughts on Being a BIG

How long have you been a Big?

Zoey: October 2016

Why did you choose to become a Big?

Zoey: I want to teach, and I love working with kids.

What have been a few highlights of being a Big?

Zoey: Sophia, Hayley, Danica, and Natilee are great kids!

How has your relationship with your Little(s) changed you? How has it changed them?

Zoey: It has made my love for working with kids grow. Hayley, Natilee, Sophia, and Danica say they have more fun at BBBS.

Do your Littles want to say something?

Zoey: We like coming and spending time with our Big!

Creating Memories as a BIG

How long have you been a Big?

Katie: I have been a Big for five years.

Why did you chose to become a Big?

Katie: I heard a commercial on the radio and immediately knew it was something I wanted to do! I have always been very passionate about helping those in need - and BBBS is a great way to do that.

What have been a few highlights of being a Big?

Katie: Anytime she brings up an old memory of our time together is a huge highlight for me. To me, it means I'm making a difference and we're creating memories that will last a lifetime to her!

How has your relationship with your Little changed you?

Katie: It's made me a more caring and aware person of the needs of others. I have noticed how much little things mean to her, and it's encouraged me to do more for my community and those in need.

How has it changed your Little?

Katie: She has become a more comfortable and confident little girl! She KNOWS she has someone who believes in her and will encourage her to follow her dreams!

What it Means to be a BIG

How long have you been a Big?

Addy: This is my first year being a "big," but I've been involved with the BBBS program for two years now.

Why did you chose to become a Big?

Addy: I chose to become a big because I remember when I was younger and admired older kids, and I want to be that positive influence for my little, Dezire.

What have been a few highlights of being a Big?

Addy: There are a lot of great things about being a big, but my favorite is when she doesn't want to go home because we're having so much fun together. We're a lot of the same person, so we like to listen to music and talk about everything, which is so fun for both of us we don't want it to end. I love seeing Dezire's personality come out a little more each time we're around each other, whether it's her telling me she doesn't like my music or what she wants to do for our next big/little date.

Being a big has changed me because it reminds me to forget the small stuff and focus on the bigger picture: just enjoying life.

How has your relationship with your Little changed you? How has it changed her?

Addy: Being a big has changed me because it reminds me to forget the small stuff and focus on the bigger picture: just enjoying life. Since becoming a big, I've become a lot more aware of all the fun opportunities there are to experience throughout the community, partially because I want to take Dezire to do these things. I'm being a kid again while growing up at the same time, and it's an experience that is reminding me life is too short to dwell on the small stuff and I need to fit in all the fun stuff I can.

I'm not sure how the experience has changed Dezire yet, but I hope it's helping her see the fun in life, too.