I am an active Big Brother/Mentor/Positive Male Influence with BBBS of S.Alabama. I absolutely love it, it is a very rewarding, humbling feeling knowing that I am being the positive mentor/big brother role to my little brother, remembering my teenage years when I needed that influence the most. Matthew & I have been bigbro-lil'bro since March 20,2014. That was the day that I was introduced to my "match/aka little brother" as well as his sweet Mom @ The Ben May Library in Mobile,AL..We come from very similar backgrounds in so many aspects from similar family traits, to both of us being "city boys", For me, this experience has been a blessing, and I thank the man above every day for putting Matthew and Renee into my life and allowing me to be a part of their lives. I look after Matthew like he is my Little Brother, and I have been honored to get the chance to see him grow as person, to see him succeed, to help him when he falls, to give him advice on obstacles he will face in high school/life, to believe in him,to provide the extra motivation when needed, to remind him to live in the present but always plan for the future, and I will continue to be the positive mentor/big brother/male influence to my Little Brother Matthew, because every KID, every LITTLE, every POTENTIAL MATCH deserves the opportunity to experience being a part of what we together as brothers are getting to experience with BBBS...The people that I surrounded myself with all have one thing in common..each and every one of my friends, my wife, and my godparents,all had a mother, grandmother,aunt,godfather,grandfather,father, stepmother,stepfather, someone who POSITIVELY INFLUENCED them by setting that example, being there when life threw them a curveball...
In closing I mention all of these things to get everyone out there to imagine what it's like for all of the kids and teenagers who could really benefit from BBBS and who could thrive in the BBBS program. The money that is raised goes directly to matching all of the littles out there that have been on the waiting list for months...weeks..years....BBBS is a win win for everyone involved, and I greatly appreciate you taking the time to allow me to share my experience with you as a Big Brother of South Alabama.