I have loved working in the Big Brothers Big Sisters community. It has been both challenging and rewarding.
Throughout my experience with the organization, I have been in many different situations where I have been able to grow with my mentee.
Upon my first meeting with my mentee, it was a huge surprise to see him crying.
I struggled with this because I was essentially comforting a stranger who was much younger than me. I wasn’t sure how to connect with him, so I spoke with our caseworker and she suggested that he would benefit from someone to talk to.
I went down and sat next to him. It was awkward at first, but he eventually told me that he was crying because a classmate had been bullying him. I listened to how he was feeling and assured him it wasn’t his fault and sharing this information was very important.
The situation has helped me grow, develop problem solving skills, and develop more compassion in my work.