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 and how they overcome challenges while growing in their mentor friendships.
The unwavering relationship between Big Brother Richard and his Little Brother Nick confirms that a Big Brothers Big Sisters match wears no price tag: the positive influence for both sides is priceless!
The duo has been sharing each other’s invaluable company for four years after being matched when Nick was 12. Although Nick was reserved and unsure what to think early in the match, he has taken huge steps forward on the road of self-confidence. “As Nick has continued to grow, he has become a more confident person. I admire Nick’s positive attitude even though he has had quite a bit of turmoil [in his life]. I have tried to instill in him the belief to always look forward and keep believing in yourself,” Richard said.
There is no doubt that their consistent weekly meetings have helped Nick mature and open up about his feelings regarding school, family and the future.
Not only does their brotherhood bear no price, many of their most treasured memories have involved laid-back, free activities, during which they felt like they were “just hanging out.” These outings have included biking, playing football and watching movies. The pair also enjoys attending sporting events together.
“From my years in sports I know how a coach can be a significant mentor for young men, and I wanted to try to help as much as possible,” Richard expressed. “In the beginning I was fearful of what goals and expectations were necessary, but found being a good friend is all that was needed.”