Real Life Stories

Braving New Frontiers

Janet kept hearing how much her friends were enjoying being Bigs at Big Brothers Big Sisters, so in 2010 she decided to finally make the leap and become a Big Sister herself.

Always active, Janet was thrilled when she found that her Little Sister Aaliyah shared her love of the outdoors. “I appreciate her adventurous spirit,” Janet tells us. “Aaliyah is quite open and willing to try new things, which really makes us a good match. We can support each other when we brave new frontiers.”

Together they’ve done 5K races and local runs for kids, and they love to go swimming in the warm weather. They also just spend time chatting. “She is fun to talk to,” Janet says. “Aaliyah likes to learn new things and watches the news so we can discuss current events.”

Janet is learning much from this match as well. “I learned how to be a better listener, supporter, and mentor. I am not a parent, but it does teach me how to be a better caretaker,” she observes. “Oh, also music!” Janet says. “Aaliyah seems to know all the latest groups.”

The impact on both Big and Little is easy to see, but their bond spreads even further into the community. At a Relay for Life event with Janet, Aaliyah was volunteering at the lemonade stand, fundraising for cancer, when she noticed a group of firefighters working in the heat at the grill. “She took the entire pitcher over with a bunch of glasses and thanked them for all their hard work,” Janet tells us. “It was really cute.”


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