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Review for Big Brothers-Big Sisters of East Central Indiana Inc, Muncie, IN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

There are far too many children in today's world that have a feeling of hopelessness. For whatever reason, they have a lack of positive adult influence in their life. Our children our being "raised by the streets" out of necessity, not out of want. For some, they have no father figure or their older brother is in a gang, or their parents gave them to their grandparents at a young age. For others, their parents are doing the best they can, but their jobs don't allow them to spend the kind of time with their children that is truly needed. Regardless of the reason, BBBS of East Central Indiana is helping to fill a HUGE void in the life of these children.
I was matched with Micah a little over 3 years ago and we have had an opportunity to grow together. He has gone from being a shy, reserved kid with very little in the way of goals or ambition to a high school freshman with dreams of going to college on a athletic or academic scholarship. Micah has a wonderful mother, so I can't take any of the credit for his development. All I have done is become his friend and open his eyes to a world that he may not have otherwise had an opportunity to witness. From there, he has blossomed. His communication skills are so improved that one person told me they thought I had a different little brother after not seeing him in over a year. They couldn't believe that he looked them in the eye and even asked return questions rather than giving a simple "yes" or "no" answer before looking at the ground. His growth has been measurable and he knows that I am a friend for life that he can come to with any question and he will receive an honest answer or honest advice.
I have also learned something about myself through our relationship. I've learned that I can make a difference in the world. Little things I was taught as a child became so beneficial to me later in life and not every child has an opportunity to learn these things. I learned that I do have something to offer a kid in need and I can change the world by starting with changing his world. If I'm going to give of my time, I want to make sure I am making a difference. Big Brothers/Big Sisters does just that, it makes a difference in Micah's life and in turn, improves our community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen the results in the way my little brother and other little's that I have had the opportunity to meet, have grown.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would... them with a larger pool of finances and volunteers so they could help EVERY child that needs a strong mentor in our city. All this organization needs is more people to get involved.

Role:  Volunteer & I encourage my little brother to get involved with sports, academic clubs, and to start looking at his future. .