“I joined Big Brothers Big Sisters with the hopes of being a role model for my Little. But I’ve been pleasantly surprised that it’s been the other way around. She’s impacted my life more than I could’ve imagined. Not only do we have a good time, but her insight and wisdom at such a young age has been an eye-opener for me. It’s allowed to me reflect on my own values and thoughts about every-day life and make some progressive changes. In just a few months, this opportunity has allowed confidence and personal growth to flourish for the both of us, promoted by trying new things and not being afraid to fail or look silly. The consistency of our hang outs and positivity has had a big impact on her – knowing that I’m anticipating our hang outs and always happy to spend time with her has provided her with a type of support she’s never had. I’ve always been the little sister, since I’m the youngest in my family, and she’s always been the big sister in her family, so to have the roles reversed has been a new and exciting experience. Initially, I was apprehensive about joining the program, but since the first hangout I’ve never looked back.”