As a Big Sister, my role is to pave the development path of my “Little Sis” with education and fun. She’s eight. We have been paired for 3-½ months. When our outings end well, the reward is seeing her delight. When our outings end with behavior issues, the reward is a discussion about boundaries. Either way, we learn about each other through communication about expectations.
Mentoring is caring about the intellectual and emotional growth of a child. I consider doing it well akin to a well-tended fire that rewards you with glowing warmth in sub-zero temperature.
- Big Sister, Chris
"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. "- Dr. Bresser (Teacher)
"I have been a Big Buddy 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. 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."-Sarah A.
Not only has she dedicated her high school career to this program but she also plans to continue volunteering as she heads to college.