The Impact a Big can make. Rachel Tells her story about being a big for the past six months. Rachel was interested in the program because she was moving away from her nieces. She has a love for children and wanted to spend time with someone she could impact. Rachel was paired with Lilly in the spring of 2016. The two of them enjoy bowling, painting and making jewelry together. Not only do Rachel and Lilly enjoy spending time together, but it is clear that the mentorship provided by Rachel is changing Lilly for the better. She says, " Lilly has changed. She has gotten more motivated for school and her attitude around the house has significantly improved. She was very shy in the beginning and did not like going out in public. Recently, she has started to open up more. With me she will walk into a store and talk to cashier which she would not do with her grandmother."
School based programs Feedback. Dr. Bresser from Lynch Bustin Elementary School, describes the impact of the big buddy program, "The students in the Big Buddy Program look forward to the weekly interactions that take place with their Big Brother or Big Sister. The interactions seem to have a positive effect on the outlook and appreciation of the younger student who values the opportunity to have one-on-one time with an admired older peer. The Big Brothers and Big Sisters also seem to enjoy the chance to make a positive difference in the life of a younger student who needs a little extra special attention. "
The Big Buddy Experience. Sarah a big in the School-Based Big Buddy program shares her experience being a big. " I have been a big for the past 3 years, and I am a junior in high school. I was with my first little Makenzie for 2 years. This year I got a new little, Eliza. We love to spend time together on the play ground during her recess. We like to play hop scotch and jump rope. When we play together I try to include other girls on the play ground and encourage Eliza to make new friends. Sometimes she will get jealous but she is learning to include others and make new friends." Sarah has spent alot of time investing in both of her littles and says the program has given her a great way to impact the lives of younger peers. Sarah describes the way the Big Buddy program has impacted her, " It's really great to have someone to help. It makes me happy when I can make her happy. I've watched Eliza open up a lot and grow as a person." Not only has Sarah dedicated her high school career to this program but she also plans to continue volunteering as she heads to college. When asked what she would tell someone considering joining the program, Sarah's response was, "If you want to make an impact in someone's life and gain a new friend, this is a great program for you to get involved in." If you want to make an impact like Sarah visit the Become a Big page and take the first step!