The basis of all Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mid - South programs is the one-to-one mentoring friendship between a Big and Little – and the story of each match is unique. Here are a couple of our favorite stories of impact.
Alicia Rose enrolled to become a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters in May 2014. She had graduated from Arkansas State University and moved to Memphis for her job. She wanted to get involved with the community and be a positive example to a child who needed direction and guidance in her life.
Alicia and Jakiyah met each other at their match meeting at the Main Library in Memphis on June 2014. Jakiyah warmed up quickly to Alicia at the match meeting and was very happy to have Alicia as her mentor. Alicia and Jakiyah began spending time together and began going on outings such as to museums, out to dinner, and to the Kroc Center. They developed a strong bond and Jakiyah was happy to have Alicia in her life. She was glad to have Alicia take her on outings in the community, and she had a chance to have someone outside of family who could be a sister-figure for her.
In January 2015, Jakiyah’s mom became ill and passed. Jakiyah then went to live with her father. During that difficult time in Jakiyah’s life, Alicia continued to be there for Jakiyah to help her...more
Allen Eberhart became a Big Brother in 2012. He is a Senior Chief Officer in the United States Navy and wanted to make a difference in his community. Allen was matched with his Little Brother Kristian in July of 2012. From the beginning the match was a big hit! They bonded almost instantly.
Allen has spent countless hours with his “Little”, helping to instill the values he has learned throughout his life. He spends time with Kristian by taking him to the barbershop, to church and events all around Memphis.
When Allen and Kristian first met, Kristian was very shy but has started to blossom into an outgoing child. He was able to muster up the courage to audition for the Disney Channel, and has been in several fashion shows and school performances since being matched with Allen. They have formed an unbreakable bond that has change their lives forever.more