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Jun 5 18

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the premier one-to-one mentoring program in Beaver County.  Through Big Brothers Big Sisters, adults are paired with children desiring a one-to-one relationship.  Studies have demonstrated that when children and teens have the influence of a caring adult, they are more likely to avoid risky behaviors and to focus on academics. Today’s youth face a variety of challenges, and being matched with a Big Brother, Big Sister, or Big Couple can help them navigate these challenges and reach their full potential.  When matched with a caring “Big” volunteer, “Littles” do better in school, make healthier choices, have higher self-esteem, and get along better with peers and family members.

In 2018, Big Brothers and Big Sisters served 179 children of Beaver County.   They currently match 153 children with 146 Big Brothers and Sisters and 7 Big Couples.

Chad and Drew have been paired in a Big Brother/Little Brother match relationship since October 2012. They have experienced a lot together in the past 5 years of their mentoring relationship. They have spent many hours each month talking, growing, and getting to know each other’s personalities. They have enjoyed going to movies, attending Penn State games, going out to eat with one another, and just talking together about their interests and experiences. Drew even attended Chad’s wedding and was very proud to dress up for it. They met when Drew was 9, and now a big topic of conversation is Drew getting his driver’s license!

When we asked Drew about his favorite thing to do with his Big Brother, he said it was “going to Penn State games every year,” which they have done since the beginning of their match. This year, they even took Drew’s older brother Chase, which was a real treat.

About his involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Chad says, “My continued motivation to be a Big is being able to allow Drew to have an outlet outside of his home just for himself. Being the middle child of three boys, I am glad to give him some extra attention. Plus, he gives me a great excuse to go see movies my wife doesn’t care about.”

Drew’s mother, Kristen, says of the experience, “I have really seen Drew mature and want to take on leadership roles. Part of this is him growing up but the bigger part is that he has learned confidence and felt acceptance from Chad.”

The agency is proud to have Drew and Chad as a part of the Big Brothers Sisters family, and excited to see what the future holds for them.

They currently have 35 children awaiting matches on their waiting list.  Won’t you consider giving in this way?  Go to their web page foe more information about volunteering.

Upcoming events:

  • Golf Fore Kids’ Sake, June 22, 2018 at Shadow Lakes
  • Monaca Mad Dash (5K race), June 23, 2018, Antoline Park, Monaca Heights,
  • Annual Auction Gala, October 12, 2018 at Shadow Lakes

For more information, go to www.bcBigs.org

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