HighlightsALAN AND DEMARCUS
Alan was matched with Little Brother Demarcus in 2005, when Demarcus was just 10 years old.
NATATIA AND NNEKA
Natatia and Nneka were first matched up in November 2012. And almost 2 years later, they have established a friendship that has been positive and rewarding for both Big and Little.
“I’ve learned so much from my Big Sister”, says Nneka. “She’s taught me how to work hard at school and she’s also taught me to be confident.”
Their friendship developed while participating in various activities together that included going to the library, getting manicures, and participating in community service activities together. “I like that Natatia switches up what they do. Sometimes it's creative or active, and sometimes it’s just them hanging out. There’s something about the match that Nneka feels like she can be herself. I see my daughter is so much more confident since being matched up with Natatia.” Maxine, Nneka’s mother, stated about the match.
Natatia also feels great reward in being a Big Sister. “I didn’t expect it but I’ve learned a lot from my Little Sister. I’ve learned to be patient. I’ve also learned to look at life through the eyes of a child. Life isn’t always as complicated as we make it.”
MIKE AND MALACHI
Malachi was matched up with Big Brother, Mike, in July 2012 and they have been hanging out every week since.
When they're together, Malachi and Mike always have a good time. You can find them hanging out at Dave & Busters, riding bikes through the park, or going out for ice cream. Malachi stated with a big smile, “Mike makes me feel happy. He’s made my life fun.”
Mike was inspired to volunteer while reflecting on the positive experiences and relationships he had as a child. And two years later, Mike feels that being a Big Brother has been a rewarding experience. “It’s a lot of fun hanging out with Malachi. He lets me be a kid again. This has been one of the greatest experiences ever. I feel like he really appreciates spending time with me.”