Big Sister Amy & Little Sister Zoe
These traditions was the catalyst that helped form a bond between two friends who, when they first met, worried they may not share a lot in common. “I was worried that we wouldn’t have all that much to talk about or wouldn’t share mutual interests,” admitted Amy. Once they found the things they did enjoy together, their friendship soared. “Amy is an excellent listener. When I share things about my life, she remembers them. We talk a lot about the wild animals that we see on our hikes, and she always remembers my favorite ones. I really like that about her,” commented Zoe. With the cold weather fast approaching you can be sure Amy and Zoe will have plenty animal talk to catch up on while ice skating this winter. (Matched August 2018)
Big Brother Paul & Little Brother Xaul
He has an explorer spirit to him and wants to share that with other constantly,” commented Paul. Even Xaul’s mother has noticed a difference in her son, sharing that he is more open and engaging with other people. “Sports are a great way to help young people mature. I am sure in Xaul’s case, the two are related,” concluded Paul. Don’t be surprised to see Xaul playing basketball in a gym near you! (Matched April 2015)
Big Sister Sophia & Little Sister Ja'Asia
Big Sister Taylor & Little Sister Aaleayha
Taylor has seen a dramatic change in Aaleayha's idea of what her future might be like. At one point, Aaleayha disliked school, but now she is inspired to do well and become a teacher like her Big Sister Taylor. As a young child, Aaleayha experienced many challenges in her life that were difficult for a child to understand. With Taylor's mentorship, Aaleayha is blossoming with a focus on doing well in school, expressions of kindness and compassion, and making positive choices for herself. "I like that we both love to help other people to make a difference in their lives,” shared Aaleayha. (Matched July 2020)
Big Sister Sarah & Little Sister Kylee
Although they’ve done fun activities like snow tubing and getting manicures, some of Sarah and Kylee’s favorite get-togethers are walking around the park or mall and talking. Kylee has moved houses and schools often over the past few years, but Sarah has always been there for her. Sarah says Kylee has been resilient through it all, and admires her positive attitude.
Matched October 2018
Big Brother Jordan & Little Brother Gabriel
Jordan and Gabriel love everything to do with cars. Going to car shows is one of their favorite things to do together, but they also enjoy outdoor activities and cooking together. Jordan likes getting Gabriel to try things outside of his comfort zone (i.e. in front of his XBox) and says he’s ‘the coolest kid ever.’ Gabriel says they’re a perfect match and he likes Jordan’s sarcastic sense of humor.
Matched April 2019
Big Sister Mar & Little Sister Crai'lynn
Mar and Crai’lynn’s weekly video chats during COVID turned out to be the highlight of their week! But now they look forward to seeing each other in person. Crai’lynn likes that they share a love of animals, and enjoyed petting a sting-ray at the aquarium. Mar’s favorite memory was when her Little taught her to ice skate. Throughout their match, Mar says she’s grown more compassionate, outgoing and happy.
Matched September 2019
Big Brother Jodi & Little Brother Jameson
Although they haven’t been matched long, Jodi and Jameson have already travelled the world - virtually, that is, when they toured Ireland on Google maps. They’ve also managed to meet in person by learning to play frisbee golf together - a first for both of them. Jodi is already seeing a growth in Jameson’s confidence and enjoys fostering his Little’s creativity by working on developing a comic book together. Jameson thinks his Big is fun and cool, and likes being active with him.
Matched February 2021
Big Sister Melinda & Little Sister Jah-Riyah
Right from the start, Melinda had a knack for engaging Jah-Riyah. According to her grandmother, Jah-Riyah has opened up so much in the two years they’ve been matched, and now talks more about her feelings. But it’s not all conversations - Melinda and Jah-Riyah like to be active and try new things. Together they’ve made crafts, gone apple picking, gotten pedicures, and baked lots and lots of cookies!
Matched April 2019
Big Sister Rachel & Little Brother Malachi
Matched during the pandemic, Rachel and Malachi have really clicked, forming a great relationship despite the hardships of COVID. The pair does a lot of different crafts together, from making ornaments, to painting, to frosting cookies/graham crackers. Malachai loves to make stress ball-like toys which they call 'squishies' and one of Rachel's favorite memories is when they made squishies out of balloons and flour. Now that the weather is improving, expect this duo to be spending a lot more time outside!
Matched November 2020
Big Sister Barbara & Little Sister Nari
Barbara and Nari are always on the go! They both describe each other as positive and energetic, and it shows - they’ve been biking, hiking, and done yoga, which was Nari’s favorite. The pair love to facetime and send each other silly Gifs. Nari is a great performer and Barbara helped her put together an audition video for a play - and Nari got the part!
Matched November 2020
Big Sister Kelly & Little Sister Gabby
Celebrating their first match anniversary in May, Kelly and Gabby never let COVID get them down. They’ve had a ball exploring new places and trying new things: Gabby developed a love for sushi (but not wasabi!) and Kelly rediscovered a fondness for chess. Gabby appreciates that Kelly is a good listener and ‘up for anything’ and Kelly finds Gabby’s ambition and determination inspiring.
Matched May 2020
Big Sister Rose & Little Sister Serenity
Rose says patience and persistence are the keys to her successful match with Serenity. The two love getting outdoors, whether it be hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing or riding horses. Serenity’s favorite memory of their match was going to a WWE event. Rose and Serenity’s birthdays are back to back, so they always celebrate with a big birthday dinner!
Matched April 2017
Big Brother Anthony & Little Brother Terrance
Anthony and Terrance bonded immediately over a shared love of basketball and video games. Their favorite in-person activity together is shooting hoops with some good natured ribbing. When they can’t meet up in person, they play video games and talk on the phone. For Christmas they picked out matching sweatshirts at the mall.
Matched February 2020