Each month, Big Brothers Big Sisters recognizes one outstanding Big for a strong commitment to his or her Little and to our overall mentoring mission. Read about how these Bigs connect with their Littles, what they talk about with their matches or how they overcome challenges while growing in their mentor friendships.
“What a wonderful opportunity it has been for me to have been matched with such a thoughtful, delightful young lady,” Big Sister Jean Alaspa said.
During the past five years, Jean has enjoyed watching Little Sister Lucia mature. She has slowly shed her shy, reserved armor and has grown into a confident, self-assured young woman at age 15. However, Jean says that in ways, they both have grown during their years together.
Jean provides interesting and growth-inspiring activities for Lucia, including events where she has to go out of her comfort zone. Jean sees their relationship as a ‘true sister friendship;’ she doesn’t judge Lucia, but encourages her to be the best she can be.
“She is a beautiful person both inside and out. She has a kind heart and many times puts others ahead of her,” Jean said.
Jean and Lucia’s get-togethers are filled with constant laughter. The pair has gotten lost on their way to many match outings, and instead of getting frustrated or upset, they turn these small detours into everyday adventures.
The duo’s everyday adventures have turned into life-changing experiences for both of them. They love the time they spend together, and Jean fully expects the friendship to continue throughout her life.
“Having the opportunity to mentor and befriend Lucia has been the best decision I have ever made.”