Big Brothers Big Sisters – Part 1 – Introduction

Big Brothers Big Sisters – Part 1 – Introduction

Big Brothers Big Sisters – Part 1 – Introduction

Written by: Jason Browne

In the beginning of 2017, I wanted to figure out a way to give back to the community on a personal level. There are plenty of opportunities to be part of a team that has impact (like Rotary or State College Young Professionals), but the feeling of making direct, one-on-one change feels more difficult to obtain. Helping out with a spaghetti dinner, or a hoagie fundraiser is easy(ish), but helping change a single life takes time, and expertise. So when I heard of Big Brothers Big Sisters, this daunting desire to connect and help another was made digestive and actionable.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is an organization that pairs youth with a mentor, with the vision that “All children achieve success in life.” After learning of our local office, I decided to take the training and become a “big.” A “big” is the name for the adult mentor, and a “little” is the name of the youthful mentee.

Today, I’m paired with a little and have had a wonderful experience. Sometimes, it can be challenging, but it is an experience that I wouldn’t change for the world. I’m part friend, part mentor, part advisor, and part teacher. Our goal is to get together on a weekly basis for at least an hour, not including travel time. It may seem like a lot at first, but at this point I’m disappointed if we are unable to meet.

If you have some extra time and would like to impact a child’s life please consider signing up. This is the first of a few posts. More detail to come. Learn more here:


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