A Big Brother Once Again [PHOTOS]

Jathan and his Little

It’s a match! Jathan meets his new Little Brother for the very first time. (Photo by Karesha Pigmon)

I’ve been looking forward to this evening for weeks and it finally came: the night I met my new Little through Big Brothers Big Sisters! I’ve worked with the organization several times before, and even interned with them during college, and tonight I met my match after weeks and weeks of waiting. I was so excited. 

I picked up Heather from work and we went over to the Big Brothers Big Sisters office a couple towns over and as soon as we walked in, my Little was sitting there drawing and coloring, then looked up and flashed his dazzling smile.

As soon as our Match Specialist introduced me to him and his mom (we’re not allowed to disclose names to protect the family), we started chatting and I knew I liked them both right away! They’re funny and nice, and it seems like we already have a lot in common. Like me, my new Little is a bit of an overachiever, and he likes to do all the things I do: like read and sing and act and so much more.

Jathan and Heather meet the new Little and his Mom

New friends! Jathan and Heather meet the new Little in their life and his Mom. (Photo by Karesha Pigmon)

But that’s the great thing about working with Big Brother Big Sisters. They work hard to make sure that the Big and the Little are compatible, so that it’s easy to meet a stranger and build a friendship that lasts a lifetime. So you’re going to be seeing a lot of this little guy popping up on our blog now as we start planning adventures, hanging out, and having loads of fun.

If you want a Little of your own, visit Big Brothers Big Sisters of America online to find out about the organization in your part of the country. Or you can always shoot me an email and I’ll be more than happy to tell you about my own experiences. It really is so much fun, and although you’re mentoring a child, I think every Big I’ve ever met will tell you that the match is just as rewarding for the adult as the child, maybe even more so. I hope you give it a shot!

About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

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