We ask our future mentors this question during our interview process all the time.
Who was the biggest influence/mentor in your life?
It is a question we hope our Littles answer one day with "My Big Brother" or "My Big Sister".
Many of us look back at our childhood and see an adult (or a few if you were lucky!) that supported, cared and believed in us. Now we know that many of our Littles have amazing parents and families but we strongly believe that one to one mentoring with people who are not related to each other can make an even BIGGER impact. This is why we do what we do at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California. To provide our children with a dedicated mentor who will support them, encourage them and have fun with them!
Every January, we like to honor those who dedicate their time and efforts for their Littles. This year, we wanted to share with our supporters, who made a difference in our staff members lives. Without these mentors, we might not have had the opportunity to do the amazing work we are lucky to do!
We were so excited when Westcare invited us to join them for their annual bicycle giveaway. We had 10 lucky Littles attend the event with their Bigs and family members to receive a new bicycle for Christmas! Thank you for including our agency, you made a handful of Littles very happy this year!
We were so excited to have Sargent Adam Creamer invite our matches out for a private tour of the Army National Guard Base in Fresno, CA on Saturday November 19th. Adam and one of his officers Daniel Tellez gave us a tour of the mechanics of a black-hawk, craft carrier, and a few land vehicles.
Our Littles and Bigs had tons of questions about how each one is assembled and kept up to code. One of the main focuses at their base is aircraft mechanics and service when there are issues with the helicopters. There are so many different components that go into each service for the helicopter and both Adam and Daniel were knowledgeable and eager to answer all our questions.
The best part about our tour was at the end of our time at the base, three of our Littles expressed to the officers their interest in a possible military career. That is what makes a difference and that is why we take the time out of our daily lives to give these children those opportunities.
Thank you again to Sargent Adam Creamer and Officer Daniel Tellez for their time, knowledgeable and dedication to our country with their service!