Impact StoriesThe 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.
Jessica Geter - 2019 Big Sister of the Year
Jessica Geter is the Big Sister of the year for 2019. She was highly recommended by her Case Manager for being dependable, encouraging, and supportive to her Little Sister. Additionally, she scored high in points by the BOTY Judges. They all appreciated reading how Jessica has help her build confidence in ways that neither Jessica or Latonya had imaged possible.
Jessica said she would never forget the day she met Latonya at the Big Brothers Big Sisters office. She stood closely next to her mom and didn’t say much.” She was a shy fourth grader that told her new Big Sisters she wanted to be a cheerleader or a Disney star. Jessica remember thinking, “ I love that she is a BIG Dreamer.”
Because of her job with a local news station she has had an opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and children that were full of courage and endless laughter. These are traits that she saw in Latonya. Mentoring is vital, it builds a child’s confidence, self-esteem and create positive behavior.
Jessica has been an amazing support to her Little Sister and is enjoying witnessing Latonya’s growth. She is trying new things and speaking in front of crowds. Things she wouldn’t have try when they first met. Visit our website and see Jessica and Latonya interview. Its amazing.
Michael Williams - 2019 Big Brother of the Year
Michael Williams said he was once asked the question, what made you want to be a Big Brother? He had several reasons for answering the call to become a mentor. The first he said , was that God instilled in him a need to want be of service. Then, he wanted to be the mentor to a young man that is lacking the influence of a positive male. He said that those people that influenced him helped him navigate life’s pitfalls, encourage positive choices and taught him that he would have to be prepared to face the consequences if he chose to make poor choices.
Michael has gained a lot of experience as a volunteer on many projects prior to Big Brothers Big Sisters. He saw and heard an advertisement for Big Brothers Big Sisters during a time where the news was crying for help from the community to help improve the conditions for our young girls and boys. Michael feels Big Brothers Big Sisters was the best fit for his community engagement needs. He enjoys spending time with his two Little Brothers and allots most of his time to doing great activities as he wittingly passes on many of the life lessons that were shared with him when he was a young man. He said paying it forward was very important to him. For this reason, Michael was chosen to be the Big Brothers of the Year for 2019. See Michael’s interview.