Big Brother James learned at an early age the impact of a positive adult mentor and role model in a young person’s life. Growing up in a single-father home in inner-city Detroit, he felt grateful to have a father who taught him important life lessons and handy skills. He became a Big with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee because he wants to pay it forward for generations to come and make sure young people know they are worthy and never alone.
Big Brother Marcus became a mentor because his own life has been transformed by the power of mentorship. Marcus’s mentor provided him with direction in his values and career path, and instilled in him a desire to always give back.
Some mentors go above and beyond in their service to young people, and Big Sister Jane is one of those people. Jane has now committed twice to serving as a mentor for high school students through our E-Mentoring program, committing a total of four years to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee and her Little Sisters, with a focus on college and career readiness.
When Little Sister Vanessa met Michelle, she was shy and felt like she didn’t fit in with the world. She wanted a Big Sister to help her learn how to communicate better with others and help her get out of the house and try new things. And for Michelle, becoming a Big was a way for her to slow down and help a young woman since most of her past volunteer work focused on adults.
As a mother who wants the best for her kids, Rachelle turned to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee and found that a Big was exactly what her son and daughters needed to reach their full potential.
As a former Little, current Big, and Davidson County police officer, Edward is a strong advocate for youth mentorship and recognizes the life-changing impact it can have on a young person.
A match centered around food and sports has grown into something much bigger. After 10 years of being matched, Big Brother Dallas and Little Brother Emerald feel more like family.
The mentors in Big Brother Corey’s life led him to volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. Now, Corey finds himself growing as much from his mentoring relationship as his Little Brother Nathan is.