In 2014, I moved away for a consulting project that involved working closely with social workers. One day at their office, I observed a call to their hotline. A school counselor called to report that a student was being terrorized by his mother's boyfriend. Listening to the unfortunate circumstances the young man was facing, my coworkers were heated and angry as I stood there trying hard to fight back tears. As the story unfolded, soon came the silver lining. The young man had a Big Brother, a mentor from the local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. The Big Brother had setup an account at the school that only the young man could access to buy food. I don't know the Big Brother's name nor will I ever meet him, but the day I learned of him is the day I promised myself to also become a Big Sister.
3 years ago, I was matched with my then 12 year old Little Sister. Over the years, I've watched her mature into a sweet and curious teenager. Because of the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles program, I have the honor to also watch my Little Sister experience many things for the first time - like attending her first Dodgers game, going on her first hike, and - what has become her birthday tradition - getting her first manicure / pedicure. She inspires me to be better, while also keeping me in the loop on what's cool these days. Thanks to her, I've become a Belieber.
There are many other children like my Little Sister who are positively impacted by the wonderful mission of JBBBSLA and many more who are on the waitlist. I'm asking for your support to allow JBBBSLA to continue fostering matches for children in our community who need mentors in their life and to provide memorable experiences for Littles who may never have the opportunity otherwise.
By the numbers:
- 255 Big / Little relationships served annually
- Over 50,000 hours of service performed by volunteers each year
- JBBBSLA matches last twice as long as the national average for mentor organizations
- 34 college scholarships given out to Littles and alumni Littles
If you are able to donate, I sincerely thank you. While I can never personally thank the Big Brother who inspired me, I can only hope that the lesson he taught me in giving back is being paid forward through others like you.
If you can’t make a gift at this time, consider donating your time and becoming a Big. Apply today at www.jbbbsla.org/volunteer