My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Philadelphia, PA, USA
I was divorced and, at the suggestion of a friend, got my daughter and son into the program some twenty plus years ago. Both mentors were wonderful for and to my children, but it was my son's relationship with his "Big Brother", Xico that took on a life of it's own. Xico is from Mexico and Joel was exposed to Mexican traditions and norms, which I thought was such a plus, but that's just a small part of Xico's influence. He impressed upon Joel and insisted that Joel strive to be a better person from behaving at home and school, improving and knowing the importance of good grades necessary for college and supported and attended Joel's sporting events and, when Joel entered college, Xico secured a scholarship from BB for him. When Xico married, Joel was welcomed into that extended family and through the years Joel saw what a good, strong marriage could be and wants his marriage to be that and I'm so grateful. I believe, in my heart, that Joel is the wonderful, confident person he is today in large part because Xico entered his life and is still in it. I can't tell you how many people I've told about the wonderful (and for me, life saving) experience Big Brothers/Big Sisters was.