“The most rewarding part of being a Big is learning about life from the perspective of a teenager and how she views the media, personalities, and trends. My Little Sister Yancy loves Anime/Manga and has taught me so much about this art form that I knew very little about. We’ve been match 2 years and love attending teen programs at the library. They call me either the “honorary teen” or “Yancy’s Assistant.” We also attend art classes at Decoy Art Studio and really appreciate what Scene75 Entertainment Center - Dayton offers to BBBS matches; we get to hang out and Yancy teaches me all about the new video games!” Big Sister Amy.
Big Sister Amy says....
How long have you
My Little and I have been
matched for two years.
Why did you want to be a Big in the
I don’t have kids of my own
and wanted to connect with a young person to learn from them and possibly
share my art skills and knowledge with them. I wanted a creative companion who
would help me see the world through new eyes.
What have you learned from being a Big?
Yancy is a very chill
personality. She has taught me to slow down a bit and enjoy the little
moments in life.
What is the most rewarding
part of being a Big?
The most rewarding part of
being a Big is learning about life from the perspective of a teenager as far as
how she views the media, personalities, and trends. Yancy loves
Anime/Manga and has taught me so much about this art form that I knew very
little about prior to meeting her.
How often do you usually hang out
with your Little?
Lately my Little and I have
been hanging out together 3 times a month.
What are some activities you have
done together since being matched?
We love attending teen
programs at the libraries. They call me either the “honorary teen” or
“Yancy’s Assistant.” :) We also attend art classes at Decoy Art and really
appreciate the program Scene 75 offers to BBBS where Yancy has taught me
so much about the new video games!
What is your Little’s favorite memory
of your times together?
Yancy says that her favorite
memory of our times together was when we went hiking at the Glen Helen Nature
Preserve in Yellow Springs. She says
that she enjoyed the crazy trails and the river where we took off our shoes and
walked around on the pebbles.
What is your favorite memory of your
Yancy is smart, hilarious and
fun to hang out with in general, but I think one of my favorite memories
happened when we went to the Franklin Conservatory with some friends of mine
and their daughters. We were all having a great time and checking out the
butterflies when Yancy walks up to me and places a butterfly on my nose. Up
until this point she had been a bit guarded with me and did not want any
sort of physical interactions such as touching her arm or hugging. This silly
gesture really warmed my heart and cracked me up! She is still not a
touchy feely person, but I do get a hug out of her from time to time!
Do you have any special
traditions that you like to do, or consistent places you enjoy going
We enjoy the Japanimania
group at the Fairborn Library. It is a must do every
month. We have also been exploring the hiking trails of the Five Rivers
What advice would you give to a new Big?
I have to say I am so impressed with whomever matched Yancy and I together. It
took a few for her to be really comfortable around me, but I made sure she
knew that I liked her for who she was and wanted to know more about her
world while slowly introducing her to mine. My advice to a new Big would be to
do it because you want to know them, not because you want them to know
you. Show them respect and they will return it in their own way.