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“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 been matched?

My Little and I have been matched for two years.

Why did you want to be a Big in the first place?

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 times together?

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 to?

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 MetroParks.

What advice would you give to a new Big?

First 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.

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