“Goofy” might be the best word to describe these two! Charlotte and Aasha have only been matched since January, but it seems like they’ve known each other forever. Charlotte’s professional experience working with children drew her to BBBST, while Aasha’s mother wanted to give her daughter an additional role model and adult friend to hang out with. You can check out these two on the driving range in our campaign video here!
Why did you decide to become a Big Sister?
Two reasons: One, my son outgrew me, and I needed a kid to play with! And two, I love children, and it was time for me to become a Big Sister.
Were you nervous about Adding a Little to your life? How were your hesitations alleviated?
Not at all! I was very excited and happy to be doing it.
How has being a Big Sister impacted you?
Besides being an absolute pleasure, being a Big Sister has satisfied the deep need in me to do things that matter for children. The fact that she is a child who has faced more than her fair share of challenges is even more impactful.
What is your favorite thing to do together? How do you Add a Little excitement to your day with your Little?
One word: Lasertag. It was epic! We’ve also had so much fun playing golf, trampolining, watching movies, etcetera.
Share a favorite memory or experience from your match.
I think my favorite experience was being able to be there for her when she was in the hospital (Aasha suffers from sickle cell disease). There was a night when she would have had to stay there alone and it would’ve broken my heart. But it was wonderful to be able to bring over some crayons and candy and make a fun night of it for us!
How would you describe your relationship with your Little?
Wonderful! I so enjoy her and the time we spend together. We laugh a lot! I’m glad I was matched with someone with a similar sense of humor.
What do you think your Little Sister has learned from you?
I hope she’s learning confidence. Peers can be mean, and I try to instill confidence in her, and for her to understand that you don’t have to follow the same path as everyone else.
Aasha’s mother has been concerned about her “not opening up much,” but she has opened up to me. Her single mother is disabled and I think she doesn’t want to burden her sometimes. But we hit it off right away, and I am a “seasoned adult” with a degree in human services and over twenty years of work experience with at-risk youth. My Little Sister seems to trust and talk openly with me.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about becoming a Big, but isn’t quite sure it’s for them?
I would want to know what’s at the root of someone’s hesitation to become a Big, because it is so incredibly rewarding – at least as much as, if not more so, for me as my Little Sister! It is such a joy for me to be around her!
If you could describe your Big Sister in one word, what would it be?
Awesome, nice, and cool!
What has your Big Sister taught you?
How to be cool and a young lady.
Would you recommend getting a Big Brother or Sister to other kids in Tucson? Why?
You should join Big Brothers Big Sisters! It’s so much fun, and they take you to places you want to go.