Each month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin shines a light on the relationships that we are helping build within our community. Please help us congratulate Big Sister Alysia (40) of Shawano and Creden (8) of Shawano — our Shawano County Match of the Month for February.
Where did you hear about Big Brothers Big Sisters?
Alysia: A friend, Chris Marcks, approached me in Rotary Club.
Why did you want to become involved?
A: I firmly believe that when we fail a youth in our community, that person grows up and STAYS in the same community. When that happens, we end up having an adult that we didn’t help to grow into a self-reliant, resilient citizen. We – as a community – failed that person, IF we want to have a better community in 10-15 years, we need to focus our energy on ensuring that the area youth will be ready.
Why did you want to have a Big Sister?
Creden: My brother told me how much fun BBBS was and I wanted to have fun too.
What do you do when you spend time together with your Big?
C: My Big and I mostly talk…but it is fun.
What do you do when you spend time together?
A: Creden and I talk. I try to steer the conversation to thinking about others. This may include helping our Mom/Dad, being a good citizen and being a good friend.
Is there something in particular that stands out as a memorable time with your Big?
C: When she brought me McDonald’s for lunch.
Is there something in the future that you would like to do together, or that you look forward to experiencing together?
C: I would like to go a waterpark with my Big!
Is there something in particular that stands out as a memorable time with your Little?
A: I’m a site-based match. Most of our time is spent talking at lunch. We’ve participated in a few outside activities including bowling and the summer picnic.
What have you enjoyed about being a Big?
A: When Creden spots me on Wednesdays, her face lights up. That’s what I enjoy the most – knowing that someone is that excited to see ME.
What have you learned from your Big?
C: I need to include other classmates at lunch. Everyone wants to be included!
In what ways has being matched with your Little affected you and your life?
A: We’ve had challenging moments, but it is satisfying to see how my Little has matured. My own kids are much older. Creden has brought back the joy of childhood. We can PLAY – for the sake of playing. We can talk toys/games/cartoons. I can get lost in imagination. Truly – it brings out the kid in me!
How has being matched with a Big made a difference to you?
C: I have something positive to look forward to each week when we can have lunch together.
What would you say to others about Big Brothers Big Sisters and to others who are thinking about becoming a Big?
A: Have you ever felt alone in this world? Isn’t that a difficult feeling? Now imagine that there are kids that struggle with loneliness. What if spending one hour/week took that loneliness away? It can make the child feel special and even important. It’s worth giving one lunch hour per week to inspire a youth in our community.