The mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast in Lee County, Florida, have helped thousands of people grow up with support and encouragement. In a recent publication, the organization highlighted two alumni whose experiences as Littles helped them succeed in life.
The first was a child with no father. After joining the program in 1968, he and his mentor spent afternoons and weekends together, with the mentor taking him to sporting events and teaching him skills. His mentor later helped him get into trade school, which led him to a lucrative career in construction.
The second child joined the program in 1996. The organization paired him with a 70-year-old mentor, and though it took the two of them some time to bond, they eventually came to enjoy weekly games of checkers. The mentor took the Little to sporting events and got him involved in volunteer work at retirement homes. The Little went on to graduate from high school and then college, and when his mother passed away, he stepped into the role of mentor for his younger sister by becoming her legal guardian.