My experience with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) has been extremely positive.
I was struck by the care that the organization takes in matching mentors with mentees and the amount of genuine passion that BBBS staff from all areas of the organization demonstrate for children.
In addition to this, BBBS staff take a very supportive and wellbeing-oriented stance towards one another which I found very impressive and something for me to model myself after.
I only started mentoring in November of 2020 and I already feel more confident in my ability to make a positive difference in the lives of children.
I am more convinced of the importance of doing so, and I’m well supported by BBBS to make such an impact.
My most memorable moment has to be when my nine-year-old male mentee hugged me in front of the school principal and administrative staff after me not seeing him for a few weeks due to COVID-19 restrictions.
I took this as a pleasant surprise but did not make much of it in the moment, but I later learned from the school staff and my supervisor that this was a key moment because my mentee had not shown trust in other male figures up until this point.
I very much felt the weight of that moment after learning this.