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 from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest.
When Holy Cross junior Victoria Aramini joined the SPUD (Student Programs for Urban Development) program at Holy Cross, she knew that she wanted to work with children in some capacity. When the opportunity to join the Big Brothers Big Sisters program came along, she thought it would be a perfect fit. In the spring of 2011, Victoria was matched with her Little Sister, Chyanne, at the Girls, Inc. site-based program in Worcester. As described by her case manager, the first time they met, Chyanne grabbed Victoria’s hand and it is as if she never let go.
Chyanne, who has grown up with three brothers of her own, is excited to have Victoria as a Big Sister. The two have regular meetings during the school year and they write letter back and forth during the summer. Victoria would write Chyanne a list of questions and Chyanne would mail the same paper back, complete with her very unique answers to each question.
Chyanne says the best thing they have done together was when she visited Victoria on the Holy Cross campus – they went to the dining hall, visited Victoria’s dorm, and played soccer outside. Chyanne is very excited to attend a college, such as Holy Cross, one day. Victoria considers her favorite part of their match all the exciting things Chyanne wants to show her each time she enters the door at Girls, Inc. Sometime it’s a picture she created, sometimes it’s a new book she’s reading, and recently it’s been Cheyanne’s ability to write her name in cursive!
Find out more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA/Metrowest at their website: www.bbbscm.org.