Real Life Stories

In His Own Words

Alex is a former Little Brother, Big Brother, and currently raises much needed funds for the agency as President of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area Junior Board. He recently wrote about how his experiences as a Little, Big, and BBBSBA volunteer have shaped his life. This is his story.  

"After my parents divorced when I was 9 years old, I was fortunate to have a wonderful mother who signed me up for Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

My Big Brother Peter became one of my best friends. I remember our plans to hang out being the highlight of my week. It meant so much to me to have someone that I could count on seeing every week, someone who was completely accepting of me, and someone with whom I got to experience new adventures.

It was the seemingly small aspects of my experience as a Little Brother that had such an impact on me, and motivated me to be a Big Brother once I graduated from college. I wanted to help be the consistency, the acceptance, and the adventurous friend to a Little Brother like me.

I was lucky to be matched with a great Little Brother, Juan, for almost 2 years. Though I had to relocate to the East coast for work, four years later I was able to move back to the Bay Area and be involved with BBBSBA again. I joined the Junior Board for Big Brothers and Big Sisters and I'm now, as the Junior Board President, helping expand the awareness and support for Big Brothers and Big Sisters' mission.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area has had an amazing impact on my life both as a child and as an adult. I'm excited to support and help reach more Little Brothers and Sisters."

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