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Month: October 2015

Meet Our Matches: Charlotte and Aasha

Charlotte and Aasha SQ

“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!

CHARLOTTE:

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!

AASHA:

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.

Ian Jamie Dev SQ

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Couples program is great for Couples interested in volunteering together. Big Couple Ian and Jamie have been matched their Little Brother, Dev, for four years. Dev is a sophomore in high school now, and not so “little” anymore! The trio enjoy building models, creating a photo album, going to the air and space museum, and many more activities. Our cameras caught up with the three as they were checking out a new remote control plane. Watch their campaign video here!

IAN AND JAMIE:

Do you guys have any particular activities that you enjoy sharing on your outings?

We like to do crafty things, like building models together. Right now, we’re working on building a model airplane! We also like going to see places, like the Pima Air and Space Museum, or events, like watching stock car racing. That one was a really good time!

Share a favorite memory or experience from your match.

One of our most memorable craft projects happened recently, where we put together a scrapbook of photos and memories from our four-year long match.
Ian and Dev also like to joke around and try to get a rise out each other. One afternoon, every time Ian left the room, he came back wearing a different hat. When Dev made a comment about it, Ian pretended that he had no idea what he was talking about. While Dev acted exasperated, it was obvious that he was really enjoying it!

How has becoming a Big Couple impacted you?

It’s almost like having a new member of your family! We are excited when good things happen in his life, and worry about how he’s doing in school or who he’s hanging out with. It’s been an extremely rewarding and enriching experience in our lives. It’s not just that we are friends to him, he has become a friend to us.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about becoming a Big, but isn’t quite sure it’s for them?

It’s important that they understand that the time commitment is not trivial. However, the time you end up investing with your Little will pay you aback in ways you never expected, and the relationship you build makes it all worthwhile. At the end of the day, all you have to do is be a young person’s friend, and this is something anyone can do.