National Mentoring Month Success Stories
One of the best aspects of working for Big Brothers Big Sisters is hearing the stories. We get calls from former Littles who share how their lives would be a lot different, if it weren't for their mentor. Parents will tell you how the program has impacted their own lives. And Bigs who signed up for the program wanting to give back, say they ended up getting even more in return. The stories are inspiring and that's why we work so hard to keep these amazing relationships together. Long after the program officially 'ends', these relationships last a lifetime. Visit this page for daily mentoring success stories throughout January, and check out our YouTube page for videos.
Madalyn & Lizzet
Madalyn and Lizzet have been together for over 6 years. When they first met, Lizzet was incredibly shy -- to the point that she would have mild panic attacks over presenting at school or talking to strangers. Madalyn was incredibly understanding of this and endured many outings where she was the only one talking. Now, Madalyn says that Lizzet barely stops talking when they’re together. It took about two years, Madalyn said, for Lizzet to become that outgoing, but Madalyn was patient and determined to create a space for Lizzet to feel comfortable with her own thoughts and opinions and be able to share them. Many Bigs get discouraged after a year or two of spending time with a Little who remains quiet, but Madalyn was never frustrated by this and stuck with Lizzet. Madalyn said that she knows she and Lizzet are going to be friends forever and she is very glad that she and Lizzet were matched.