Meet the match: Sarah and Barbara from Old Colony Y/Big Sister Big Brother

January is National Mentoring Month, and we are highlighting a number of perspectives on mentoring, events, and ways you can get involved in the field. Today’s post, a match highlight, is submitted by  Old Colony Y Big Sister Big Brother.

While we have many individuals who are dedicated volunteers at Big Sister Big Brother, Barbara Taylor has shown an immense level of commitment for her Little Sister, Sarah.  Even though Barbara had already raised a family of her own, in 2009 she made the decision to make a difference in the life of another child.

[caption id="attachment_1033" align="alignleft" width="281"]Barbara and Sarah recently accomplished their goal of canoeing together at our annual match barbeque! Barbara and Sarah recently accomplished their goal of canoeing together at our annual match barbecue![/caption]

For the past three years, Barbara has served as Sarah’s “Big,” and visited with Sarah consistently every week. Barbara has been there through various challenges that Sarah has experienced in her life, and Sarah’s mother has noted what a difference Barbara’s presence alone has made in her daughter, saying how Sarah seems more confident after seeing Barbara, and that Barbara has had a very positive influence on Sarah’s personal development.

We ask our “Bigs” to make a one-year commitment to their match, but Barbara continues to build her relationship with Sarah long after their one year anniversary has passed. When she was asked about her motivation in continuing the match, Barbara said, “If I were to leave, it would be contrary to everything I’ve been telling her—that you know you matter and you can do well.” Those are the words of a truly committed Big Sister who has her Little’s best interest at heart, and will continue to play a major role in motivating her  for years to come.