Do you have a story you want to tell us? Find out how.
Mike & Aaron
Mike entered the Big Brothers Big Sisters office on April of 2013 with an open minded. He had heard positive things about Big Brothers Big Sisters through his peers but was unsure what to expect. From the start, it was apparent that Mike was a positive and optimistic individual. He was open to being matched with any child and just wanted to make a positive difference in someone’s life.
Mike was matched with 10 year old Aaron in May of 2013. Aaron was enrolled in the program by his mother that felt he needed a positive male role model that he could look up to. Aaron had a tendency to view the world with a glass half-empty attitude so BBBS knew that Mike would be the perfect fit. When Mike and Aaron first met a natural connection began to form. Aaron enjoyed Mike’s fun and positive attitude and Mike enjoyed encouraging Aaron to see the best in everything.
Mike and Aaron have now been together for more than two years. Aaron is never hesitant to say that Mike is the best Big Brother and that he would never want another Big. The bond that Mike and Aaron have formed is unwavering. They will be friends for life.
Kyle & Austin
Austin was enrolled in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program by his father, Matt, in February of 2011. Matt made the decision to enroll his child in the program after finding out that he would soon be deployed to Afghanistan. Matt, a single father, felt that it was important for his son to have a positive male role model in his life while he was overseas. Matt knew that it would be a struggle for his son to be away from his father and wanted to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Austin was matched with his Big Brother, Kyle, in February of 2011. Matt attended Kyle & Austin’s first meeting so that he could introduce himself before he was deployed. Soon after the first meeting, Matt was deployed to Afghanistan. Kyle and Austin started meeting weekly and soon developed a positive rapport. Kyle was someone that Austin could talk to have fun with. Austin’s time with Kyle was a way for him to be a kid and not worry about his father being overseas.
The match started off by meeting through our Site Based mentoring program at Jefferson Elementary School. The match met in that setting for three school years. When Austin moved on to middle school the match transferred to the Community Based program. Austin and Kyle were then able to meet outside of school and try new activities together. They were able to connect on a deeper level and find out more about their shared interests.
Kyle and Austin met during a difficult time in Austin’s life and were able to form a friendship that will be lifelong. Matt is very appreciative of the support that Kyle provided during his time overseas and Kyle’s continued involvement in Austin’s life. The bond that they have formed has changed both of their lives for the better and they will forever be Big & Little.