Do you remember that person from your childhood who made an impact on you?
Maybe it was a friend of your family, a teacher or an uncle who went the extra mile for you.
At Big Brothers Big Sisters there are many children right here in the Verde Valley and Sedona waiting for a "Big."
Meet our match of the week, Big Brother Jon and Little Brother Matthew!
Jon and Matthew have been matched for a year and a half! They met through the Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters Site Program. The Site program facilitates matches between high school students and elementary students, bringing them together to work on teamwork, leadership and academic goals.
Jon and Matthew had so much fun together at their weekly school meetings, that they decided to stay matched even after the program ended! Mom thinks this is wonderful. It is clear that they have so much fun together and have a really strong friendship.
She says, "Matthew just adores Jon and always is so excited to spend time with him".
Jon thinks that Matthew is a great kid. He's enjoyed seeing Matthew change and mature in their time together. He sees a lot of himself in Matthew, and they always have a ton of fun together! He feels lucky to have been matched with Matthew and knows they will be friends for a long time.
Matthew thinks it's awesome that he gets to spend another year with Jon. He has lots of plans for things he wants to do with his Big Brother. This year he hopes to go camping, golfing, bowling and target shooting. He thinks Jon is the best Big Brother he could have asked for.
These two are such a strong match, that they have been asked to come to the Site Program that is taking place at the Yavapai Apache Recreation Center. They will be serving as role models for the new matches, and will become leaders in this new program.
They are looking forward to helping other kids get matched just like they were!
Becoming a Big Sister or Big Brother is one of the most rewarding things you will ever do.
Of the kids waiting for a Big right now, there's one wanting to go on a hike, ride bikes, bake cookies or just hang out with someone like you. Some have been waiting for almost a whole year!
The organization currently serves 17 communities and over 60 school sites within Yavapai County and Sedona.
Sign up today by calling Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters at (928)-634-9789 or sign up online at www.azbigs.org