Program Coordinator Kohl supports BBBS matches for a living, but even he was a little nervous Adding a Little! After their first outing, however, Kohl and Francisco became great pals, and he describes the time they spend together as some of the most fun he’s ever had in his life. Thanks to Kohl’s influence, Francisco now wants to give back and become a Big himself in the future!
Why did you decide to become a Big Brother?
As a program coordinator, I saw how much fun it is, and I wanted to establish a relationship with a young person and be a mentor.
Were you nervous about Adding a Little to your life? How were your hesitations alleviated?
Oh yeah. I had a whole bunch of fears. Is he going to like me? Will he have fun? After our first outing, all of that was gone.
What is your favorite thing to do together? How do you Add a Little excitement to your day with your Little?
We like to go to Colossal Cave and Mount Lemmon! One of my favorite outings was going to his first football game recently, and they won!
Share a favorite memory or experience from your match.
We were up on Mount Lemmon and there was a storm moving in. We thought we could get a short hike in, or maybe take the ski lift up and check out the view. But the storm rolled in and it actually hailed on us. He loved it! He had never seen hail before. And during the storm, we got to talk and I learned more about him.
How would you describe your relationship with your little?
It’s about having fun while getting into a deeper friendship. We just have a really good time together.
What do you think your Little Brother has learned from you?
I would like to think my Little Brother has learned how to be an adult, and hopefully given him a person who he can come to with his problems, dreams, goals, and whatnot, and talk them out.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about becoming a Big, but isn’t quite sure it’s for them?
I was nervous at the very beginning, but hanging out with my Little Brother is some of the most fun I have had in my entire life. It has been an awesome time.
How has becoming a Big Brother impacted you?
My Little Brother has restored my faith in the future. He has given me new hope and he blows my mind every time we have a conversation.
If you could describe your Big Brother in one word, what would it be?
Compatible! We have similar interests and other stuff, like hiking on Mount Lemmon, playing laser tag, and going bowling.
What has your Big Brother taught you?
He’s taught me a lot about football and being a good sport.
Would you recommend getting a Big Brother to other kids in Tucson? Why?
Yeah, it seems dumb at first, but it’s so much fun when you get to know them. I’m going to volunteer when I get done with college (I want to go to Oxford) because it’s good for the volunteer too. Like Kohl, I want to be a role model for another kid.
Learn more about Adding a Little to your life here!