Real Life Stories

Part of the Family

A former teacher and no stranger to the impact one can have on a child’s life, Bronwyn was very excited to become a Big.

Akilah, on the other hand, was hesitant about being a Little, describing herself as shy. The wariness wore off quickly though, as Akilah came out of her shell at their first match meeting—even creating a list of questions for her new Big Sister!

From there, Bronwyn and Akilah explored all the Bay Area had to offer. They went hiking, horseback riding, geocaching, had talkative brunches, and even went on school trips together. Bronwyn has gleaned much from her time with Akilah: “I have learned patience from her, as well as [how to be] accepting of everyone,” she says.

Akilah’s positive attitude hasn’t come easy. “She's grown up in a very difficult area with a lot of violence, and it hasn't hardened her,” Bronwyn tells us. “She still wants to give food to homeless people because ‘it looks like no one has been nice to them in their life.’ ”

Throughout their four years together, the bond between Bronwyn and Akilah continues to grow. Bronwyn sums it up: “[She’s] part of the family.”

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