Mentoring matters. You are our village.

Kevin and Alex smiling at the camera, holding a basketball together. On the bottom it says, "Give Big. Mentoring Matters."

You know the feeling of being heard? Of really being understood and seen?

This is the gift our mentors, Bigs, give our mentees, our Littles. This is the gift you give youth in our community when you support Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“…MY BIG WOULD BE THE FIRST PERSON I WOULD TALK TO.”

Little Brother Kevin says, “If I were to need anything… [my Big] would be the first person I would talk to.” One of 5 siblings, Kevin has many people in his life to turn to, but he chooses his Big Brother, Alex.

But what if his Big weren’t there? Thanks to supporters like you, Alex is there for Little Brother Kevin.

Your gift today matches young people like Kevin and Bigs like Alex. Your gift also sustains these matches so that they can navigate anything the future holds, whether it’s a pandemic, or planning for a career, like Kevin.

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GRANDMOTHER KAREN “KNOWS SHE CAN TALK TO” BBBS

Kevin lives with his grandmother, Karen. And Karen also knows she can turn to us. In fact, her involvement in Kevin’s match is part of our program structure. When talking about her Mentoring Relationship Specialist, her liaison with Big Brothers Big Sisters, she says, “…I know I can talk to her.”

You make it possible for BBBS staff to regularly connect with Bigs, Littles, and their families.

Consistent check-ins help Littles stay connected to their Bigs. Kids in Southwest Michigan need connection more than ever.

“IF I’M FEELING DOWN, I CAN TALK TO HIM ABOUT ANYTHING.”

Mentoring matters because kids like Kevin need mentors like Alex. Kevin knows Alex is in his corner: “If I’m feeling down, I can talk to him about anything.”

Your gift keeps kids connected. Your support ensures they become seen and heard at a time when community is more important than ever.

Will you give by December 31 to help match new Bigs and Littles and support existing matches like Alex and Kevin? You are part of the village that makes their brightest future possible.

Please make a gift today to connect kids in Southwest Michigan with mentors.

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Please make a gift and create new matches so more kids feel seen and heard outside their homes. You make this possible. Thank you for being a part of our village.

Check out this video that highlights Kevin and Alex, as well as another local match.

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